I discuss the three in descending order of my thought-complexity relating to each race. How about that?
Race #1: ZOOMA Great Lakes Half Marathon
A bunch of the Chicago Running Bloggers have rented a house up in Lake Geneva, WI for the weekend to run the ZOOMA Great Lakes Half Marathon.
Ultimately I wasn't planning on going, since I didn't think my body could handle another race just two weeks after the Chicago Marathon. (This is being further confirmed by the fact that I've been dealing with lingering groin pain for a week and a half now. But more on that another time). Then I started thinking that I could still go just to hang out, but I'd at least be a good spectator (so as to avoid achieving the status of amorphous blob). But then I started thinking, if I'm spectating, why not make myself really useful and volunteer at the race?
Hey! How cool would it be to be one of the folks at the finish line crowning all the exuberant runners with their post-race rewards (in this case, ZOOMA necklaces)? Only, I'm sure that by now all of the most sought-after volunteer positions have already been filled. I'd probably end up being the official post-race banana-distributer.
The banana-distribution concept has actually become quite the running joke between Kim and me. But, there are certainly worse things to be handing out than bananas! Case in point: when I was in high school I worked at the Ravinia Festival. And on certain occasions, my job was to stand at the front gate and hand out garbage bags to picnickers. No joke!
Alas, I digress.
The weekend festivities sound like a BLAST but sadly I'm on the fence about going, for varous reasons. Namely, other travel commitments in the weeks before and after, as well as some stuff going on in Chicago that weekend. Sigh, why must the timing be as such? Decisions, decisions, decisions...
TBD, TBD, TBD.
Race #2: Mad Dash To Madison 5K postponement
I was saddened (though not surprised) when the NHL went into a lockout last week. This means that the NHL season, including its training camp and all other official festivities, will not commence until a new labor agreement can be reached. These official festivities include the Mad Dash To Madison, which was supposed to take place this Saturday.
I had really been looking forward to the start of hockey season, and to running this race for the first time. The race takes place within my own neighborhood, meaning no god-awful early-morning wakeup calls and no complex logistics. Not to mention that for once, Adam wouldn't have to endure a pre-dawn alarm clock to be my chauffeur! I was also super excited to get a Blackhawks-themed race shirt. Finally, I was excited to see if I could break the 27:52 that I ran at the Strike Out ALS 5K earlier this summer.
But alas, to no avail. Yours truly is a very sad runner/hockey fan. =(
Although, I am not as despondent as this young Vancouver Canucks fan. This videoshoot occurred right after the Blackhawks eliminated the Canucks from the playoffs in 2009:
(I knew there was a reason that I don't play golf.)
Hopefully the NHL will get a deal in place quickly so the race can be rescheduled, or at least so that the season can get underway! Regardless, the race organizers have already refunded all of the runners' registration fees, which was nice of them. So worst case scenario, I am already planning on running Mad Dash with a vengeance next year.
In the meantime, let the severe hockey withdrawal continue!
Race #3: PAWS Run For Their Lives 8K
I am super excited to run the PAWS Run For Their Lives race this Sunday. It's my first ever 8K, and benefits a cause very close to my heart.
I was originally planning on trying to "race" this race. But given that I want to be cautious about my health with two weeks left to go before the marathon, I may actually just run this race leisurely and for pure fun.
To be really honest, though, depending on how the aches and pains are holding up on race morning, I may actually even drop down to the 4K walk. There is further incentive for me to drop down, as well, which is that Adam said he'd do the 4K with me if I chose to do it. That would be awesome!
|I wonder if they hand out doggie treats/catnip at the end to all of our furry compatriates?|
In any event, the weather is supposed to be gorgeous this Sunday. And there is no better place to spend a beautiful weekend morning than along the lakefront with fellow runners, walkers, and their four-legged companions.
|THREE asterisks to denote a forthcoming change in topic below!|
(Pretty clever, eh?)
... aaaaaaaand thus concludes my first (and only-ever) edition of Three Races Thursday. I hope you enjoyed this once-in-a-lifetime forage!
Happy autumn and happy running to all!