I wouldn’t say I’m the type of person who caves to peer pressure in most areas of life (interesting fact: I’ve never smoked pot or done any other illegal drug. Seriously, it’s true. Stop laughing.), but my strength of character does not extend to race registrations. You can peer pressure the shit out of me and I will sign up for the race pretty much every time, with only a few exceptions – namely, Rock ‘N Roll races and trail races…I don’t like running that much. In fact, it might even be an exaggeration to say that I require peer pressure to make these questionable choices, because I really don’t. Usually, someone just innocently mentioning a race that sounds interesting is enough to convince me to sign up for it. Case in point? The Go! St. Louis marathon on April 7th.
I was scrolling through the 50 States Marathon Club facebook group and I saw a post about a woman who was considering doing the Southern Indiana Classic Marathon on April 6th and also doing the Go! St. Louis Marathon on April 7th, since the races are only about 2.5 hours apart. I didn’t know that this was even an option since the St. Louis race is normally held later in April, so I hadn’t even checked. I was planning on going to Missouri in November to run a different marathon, but flights are expensive, so this idea became super tempting. Two marathons in two new states in one weekend? I liked the sound of it immediately and basically had made my decision as soon as I found out about it, but I called T-Rex Mom to kind of float the idea as if I wasn’t sure about it.
The problem? Oh yeah, that stupid surgery thing. As in, I got surgery and Southern Indiana was supposed to be my first marathon back. I’m cleared to run and all, but my doctor never said anything about doubles. In fact, I think his exact phrase was “start with 3 miles and build up slowly,” which sounds an awful lot like “run two marathons in one weekend six weeks after surgery,” if you ask me. And even though it sounds like/is possibly the worst idea I’ve had in recent memory, I’m feeling relatively good about it. I’ve been building my running back up and did 13 miles this past weekend at a decent (for me) pace. Tonight, Amanda and I ran 15 miles, and I’m going to try to throw in another longish-run on Saturday – hey, I do them when I have the time in preparation for days when I don’t. I don’t feel like I’ve lost a ton of fitness, and Amanda hasn’t been running much so she’s promised to gut (see what I did there?) these races out with me. Ultimately, I just can’t pass up the opportunity to knock off two states for pretty much the price of one, especially since I’ve heard really good things about Go! St. Louis. Bonus? My friend Angie over at the Marathon Training Academy has graciously agreed to let Amanda and I become hotel squatters and share her suite in the host hotel, just two blocks from the start of the race! Come on, I can’t pass that up!
So anyway, I have no backbone and my first marathons back will be a double weekend. YOLO, as the kids say.
In other news, I made another questionable decision (are we sensing a theme?) recently and applied to be a keynote speaker at the 2013 FitBloggin’ conference this summer out in Portland, Oregon. I heard about this conference last year and when I read about the experiences of some of the bloggers that I read regularly, I really wanted to participate. The only problem is that the cost of registration is pretty steep ($300) plus hotel and airfare out there, and that’s seriously cutting into my marathon budget. Then I learned that this year’s conference is in Portland just one week after my race in Alaska, which you might remember is on the same side of the country (aka very far away from me but comparatively close to each other). The wheels started turning. Maybe I could just extend my trip to the west coast for a few more days and stay for the conference. Maybe I would only have to buy one plane ticket. Maybe I could
bully encourage my large Portland following, particularly the Honey Badgers, to hang out with me and show me the sights while I’m there. Hmmm.
Well, as it turns out, the keynote speakers get free registration for the conference, which would be a huge help. It would also be a great opportunity for me to talk about my blog and get some more traffic to my eating disorder series, which I think many in the fitness and healthy living communities could benefit from. Plus, I’d get to meet other bloggers and get some great tips to make my blog even better – I know it seems impossible – for all of you. And I’m basically 100% sure that me speaking in front of a large group of people will result in me somehow embarrassing myself, which just gives me more material with which to amuse you, so really, we all win.
This is where you come in. In order to be selected as a keynote speaker for the conference, I need you to vote for me! I rarely ask you for anything other than your undying admiration, so please do this one thing for me. Go to THIS LINK and scroll down until you see “The Little Dinosaur That Could – My Journey to Run a Marathon in All 50 States and DC Before Age 30,” then click and give me 5 stars! I’m really nervous about this, but incredibly excited. Also, please feel free to vote for other topics that you think are interesting. They will pick multiple speakers in an attempt to have the best line up possible! I love how diverse the topics are and I’m looking forward to (hopefully) hearing many of them! I really appreciate y’all’s participation in this! It means a lot to me, so thank you to everyone who has voted so far!
LEAVE A COMMENT: What questionable decisions have you made lately? I can’t be the only one, right? RIGHT?