On deck for my immediate future:
13 days from now, my dad and I will hit the road for Lynchburg, VA. At 6:30am, November 1st, the gun will sound for the Mount Masochist 50 Miler in the Blue Ridge Mountains. It's been sold out for months at a race cap of 300 runners/masochists. This is one of Dr. Horton's races and with that said, is long...at 54 or so miles. This will be the first Horton race I've done. CRAZY elevation profile and a race cutoff of 12 hours. For sure, I'll post a race report as soon as I can afterwards. My dad will have an eye-opening experience as this is will be his first exposure to the ultra-side of running.
Next will be the Home Run for the Homeless on Thanksgiving Day in Akron. It's a very hilly 4 mile race that benefits the homeless in Akron...obviously. A really cool thing at this race is the mountain of running shoes that are donated each year. I accumulate my over-mileage running shoes, clean them up well, and donate them each year. They all get distributed to the homeless in Akron. This is a large event and regardless of your ability, I encourage you to participate. Don't wait until race-day to register as the line is always very long. Pre-registration is only $9. Here is the form to end the procrastination. A 1-mile family fun run is also offered. What else will you be doing on Turkey Day morning????
9 days later, a group of 6 of us will be heading to southern Indiana for the Tecumseh Trail Marathon...a point-to-point trail event. Road trip! This will mark marathon #23 for me. I've never run a trail marathon and am really looking forward to this. The race should be sold out by the end of this weekend at 600 runners since only 20 spots remained two days ago. It's a solid 5 weeks after the Masochism so I should be recovered and ready to go.
The year's last event will be the GNYER (Great New Year's Eve 5K race) in Stow, OH. A fun event with hot soup at the finish. I actually PR'd on this course last year with something like a 19:40...and it's a very hilly course. I wanted to run another 5K in 2008 that was flat to get another PR but it never happened.
For 2009, a few key events will be the Winter Buckeye Trail 50K (almost sold out!), some spring marathon (TBD), the Green Jewel 100K (date TBA), and the capstone event, the 2009 Burning River 100 Miler. Mr. BR100 and I have some unfinished business. Plus, that BR100 sticker is burning a hole in my glove box...it needs a home on my rear car window. (did you know that this sticker was my idea?!?!? Sorry, I had to grab some fame while I had the chance!)
OK...the Columbus Marathon: a HUGE shout-out to Susan L. for running a 3:18!!! I cannot describe how proud I am of you!!! That is phenomenal! To Boston once again for you! Also, great job to Jamie C. who accompanied Susan along the way and also ran a super race...3:19 finish. GREAT! Kudos to Jim C. for another sub 3 hour finish at 2:55...awesome job. And lastly (sorry, I'm sure I'm missing people), congratulations to the newest chowder-eating club member....Rose!!! Rose, you finally did it! Boston bound! 3:37!!! YOU ROCK!!!
You guys are all such an inspiration. Heck, I've had the jitters all morning just "watching" you online! Nothing beats the 'ol road marathon...such an exciting event.
This felt like an exhausting entry today...would've rather been exhausted by running Columbus!
See you on the trails...