Monday, May 09, 2011
All it took to get me fired up again about running was a little bling-bling incentive. 1 year post-op I started walking again with my running club. Normally I wouldn't have bothered driving out to the club meet-ups so early on a Sunday morning because I couldn't run yet, but they started a walking group to help get people ready for a 5k. Our club is co-sponsoring the local Weight Watchers 5k Challenge on 5/22 and we knew that offering training and guidance to the local WW members would be a great community service. But wait... I'm digressing.
I heard that there was a new medal available to all participants who completed the Surf City, OC and Long Beach half or full marathons this year, called the Beach Cities Challenge. I love the beach and I love those races, so I figured if I'm walking already, why not do it?
I was already signed up for Surf City and I quickly registered for both OC and Long Beach. That got my blood pumping a bit... then I learned that a group of gals from my club were entering the Nike Women's Marathon lottery together. I jumped right on that bandwagon and submitted my application the day the lottery opened. Woot!! I got in with my group!! This one promises a Tiffany necklace handed to each gal as she finishes by a Firefighter in a tuxedo. Who could resist that?
Then Disney announced a new race - the Tinkerbell Half Marathon - for Jan 2012. I love participating in women-centric events, and Disney definitely knows how to bring some fun and fantasy to the party so I HAD to pull out my credit card for that one too... An added benefit is that I'm meeting some new Sparkers who have also signed up for this race! I love meeting Spark friends from near and far and am looking forward to getting to know these other women better.
Yesterday I was discussing these races with a very fast running friend (gah! She's a sub 3:30 marathoner!!) and she asked me if I'm able to run yet.
Uh, no... but that doesn't mean I won't be able to run by the time these races start, right? And if I can't run for one or more, there's always the next one to look forward too, right? I just walked the OC Half and managed to finish before the sweepers, so there is hope for me... and with a goal in sight --CA Beaches, Tiffany necklaces and Pixie Dust -- I'm on a roll!!