You signed up for WHAT?

April 30, 2014 · Print This Article

It seems as though I have some explaining to do.

Over the past few weeks, my race schedule for 2014 took shape in a pretty big way.  And it seems that before the year is through, I will be making the leap from marathons and triathlons to an Ironman!

But I’m getting ahead of myself.  Let me start with the race that’s on my mind right now: the Potomac River Run marathon in Washington D.C. on May 4th (this Sunday.)  Unlike the marathons that I ran for my 4 for 40 goal last year, and the Disney marathon I completed in January, I’m hoping to finish strong at that Sunday’s race – not just finish.

A PR would be great.  And with the training I have been doing, it is certainly possible.  But I am additionally well aware how quickly things can go wrong during a marathon.  And I would need everything to be absolutely perfect whether I want to hit a PR.  So at that point I’m actually stressing about all of the other issues – weather, clothes, tummy issues, sleep, hydration, etc. – that could affect my race.  If those all fall into place, I think my little legs can carry me to a PR.  But whether one of those factors goes haywire, well, I guess I’ll just hope for a fun day!

I have two more marathons (well actually three, but I’ll get to that…) lined up for 2014 but I won’t be shooting for duration goals at either event.  The first is the San Francisco Marathon in July.  If you’ll remember from this post, I plan to meet my 11-year-old at the 13.1 mile mark and run with her to finish the marathon as she complete her first half-marathon.  Awesomesauce!  I’m additionally planning to run the NYC Marathon (you’ve no doubt seen my constant pleas for donations as I fundraise for Girls on the Run for that event.)

As for the rest of 2014, as many of you know, I have additionally been training since December to complete my first Half-Ironman race – the Eagleman in Cambridge, MD on June 8th.  And while I was at it, I decided to go completely off the deep end and sign up for my first Ironman race in September.  After all, I haven’t even completed the half yet so surely am qualified to decide that I am ready for a full, right?

Yeah, I’m well aware that it’s crazy, but I plus know that some of the coolest things I’ve ever done in my life have been the conclusion of craziness.  So I say, bring it on.

What do you have lined up for 2014?

[Source] Jenn


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