Last year, I set a goal to run 13 half marathons in 79 days. Why? To “moon up” in Half Fanatics. I figured that I’d run 13 half marathons in 2013, how hard would it be to run 13 in 79 days? (And yes, I realize it’s kind of an arbitrary goal, but aren’t many of our running related goals arbitrary?)
As it turns out, harder than I realized.
Not the physical aspect. I’m trained. I can run 13.1 and know I’ll finish. Sometimes it may suck. Yeah, Kentucky, I’m looking at you. And there may be more walking than I like. But I can do it. And mostly I can do it well and have fun while doing it. In fact, barring something stupid like tripping over my own two feet (BTDT), I’m not really worried about my body not being able to complete the challenge.
But, holy cow, am I tired of this challenge. I have called in pretty much every favor anyone owes me. I’ve missed soccer games (or arrived smelly and sweaty from a race). I’ve dumped a bunch of activities on Beer Geek’s lap. I feel like I’ve been constantly playing catch up on my sleep because I have a race nearly every weekend.
But the end is in sight. I have three more races.
- Historic Half – This one has pretty much taken over my weekend. It’s JUST far enough away to be inconvenient and they don’t offer race morning pick up. I’ll be driving to Fredericksburg twice this weekend, one of those times starting at 5am. I’m already tired just thinking about that.
- Alexandria Running Festival – Thankfully, this one is local. I can handle that. All that truly remains to be seen is how ridiculously hot it will be that weekend…
- ZOOMA Half Marathon– My victory lap! The last race in my challenge! I can’t tell you how crazy my planning for that weekend was, but it’s all planned now, so I get to go just have fun with the other ambassadors. I.can’t.wait.
I have learned a lot from this whole adventure and I’ll share that in a few weeks, but one of the biggest things I’ve learned is that I love running and racing, but I don’t love it when it’s my main priority.
Want to join me for my victory lap? I’d love to see you at ZOOMA. Make sure you register before the rates go up on May 17th and make sure you use my code: ANNAMB8 to get 10% off! What are you waiting for? You know you want to be there with me!!!