One of my goals this year is to run 14 races in 2014. A lofty goal for me, but I’ve never been one to aim low (I blame the oldest child in me). So, Sunday night during a moment of clarity (or was it insanity?) I booked my first two races. The first is on Super Bowl Sunday and it’s a local 5k called the Super Shuffle. So Sunday AM I’ll roll my sleep-loving bum out of bed to freeze my way around the local middle school with a bunch of other crazies. Woot!
The second race is the Puppy Love Virtual Run. The email confirmation subject line reads, “Will Run for Bling.” Gosh, called out! This is my first virtual run. I signed up for the 10k distance, and I need to run it on Saturday, Feb. 8th. For those of you who don’t know how a virtual run works, it’s a race that can be run at any location. You can walk, use the treadmill (suck it Chicago weather!) or run outside (heck no). And the best part? They’ll mail you your medal!
The Puppy Love Run is in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, and is supposed to celebrate your first crush. I’m looking at you secret Valentine from third grade. Still don’t know who left those chocolates on my desk, but boy did that make my day!
The proceeds from the race support the Humane Society of the United States (think Sarah McLachlan and animals with big “love me” eyes). You may not know this yet, but I’m a huge animal lover. One friend recently told Hubs that we’re going to need to live on a farm one day because I’ll probably end up rescuing a cow. Somehow, this isn’t too far from the truth. Two years ago when Hubs and I went to adopt our kitten (singular) at the local ADOPT Pet Shelter (a terrific facility), we somehow came home with two kittens (plural). How was I supposed to know their kitten policy was that they get adopted in pairs…but I wasn’t one to argue! Hubs still thinks I paid them off to make this a policy…I’ll never say one way or the other.
Less than a week until my first race which means, in the words of my college Ultimate Frisbee Team (yes, that’s a thing), “it’s time to get my shit where it needs to go.” Tangible goals are set, and in February I’ll register for my first-ever marathon. This fills me with excitement and terror all at the same time. I’m thrilled to tackle this next challenge, and scared because I’ll be crossing into the running unknown. The farthest I’ve ever run is 13.8 miles (because I can’t do math while running…hence the extra .8 during a training run), and not too long into training I’ll have runs that are in the teens for mileage. Bring it!