On Sunday, I ran my first half-marathon.
In the 4 days since then, I’ve signed up for 3 races. 3!
I’m obsessed. And my mom is beginning to question my sanity, I think.
Here’s what’s on tap:
1. On Thanksgiving morning, I will be running the MS Society’s Boston Volvo Village 5K Road Race. I decided that if I have any chance of getting a Boston Marathon bib for the MS Society team, I’ve got to prove to them that I’m dedicated. So, not only did I sign up for the race, but I also did a little bit of fundraising for the race. I sent out an email to a group of 10 people asking them for $5. I was torn about asking people for money because *if* I get to run the Boston Marathon, I’ll have to raise $4,000, so asking them for money now could potentially influence people to give less (or not at all) later on when I *really* need it. Alternatively, the whole point of this is to show the MS Society that I’m capable of fundraising. I’m at $105 (their suggested fundraising amount is $75). Fingers crossed! The race itself will be easy enough — the hard part will be getting into the city and back in time for us to drive down to Grandma’s for Thanksgiving celebrations!
2. Considering how much I LOVELOVELOVED the Smuttynose Rockfest Half Marathon, I immediately signed up for the 2014 Smuttynose Rockfest MARATHON. I know it’s super early to even be thinking about racing a year from now, but first of all, the price will go up, and second of all, I can always switch to the Half, if need be. We’ll see how my dreams of running 26.2 in April work out… maybe Smuttynose will be my first half AND first full!
3. I’ve officially booked my tickets to visit my mom in Los Angeles in early January. While I was running the half on Sunday, I got pretty emotional thinking about my family and the fact that my grandparents didn’t live long enough to see this version of me – the happy, athletic, RUNNER version. I spent a lot of time smiling and waving at the spectators — those wonderful people cheering on their family and friends with signs — and I can’t help but think how nice it would be to have my own little group of supporters, cheering me on from the sidelines. But, since I live 3,000+ miles from my mom, the way I’ll most easily get that experience is if I run in SoCal. SO, I signed up for a small half marathon in Riverside – the Citrus Heritage Inaugural Half Marathon. Apparently the race runs through a whole bunch of orange groves (and the medal looks like it’s going to be a pretty cool one!)
It’ll be nice to drive out to Riverside on Friday, do the run on Saturday with her cheering me on, and then explore the antique shops on Market Street. My mom has never seen me run. She’s seen me leave the house in full running gear. She’s seen the pictures. But she’s never seen me in action. I’m so excited to show her!
So that’s what’s on tap. My wallet is begging me to quit signing up for races for the time being, so instead I’ll have to focus on watching other runners participate while I work my RaceWire gigs or settle for solo runs (haha, get it?).