"...In the end, people either have excuses or experiences; reasons or results; buts or
brilliance. They either have what they wanted or they have a detailed list of all the rational reasons why not."

~ Anonymous
(taken from Matt Erbele's, It Takes Time to Get Good)

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Ok, ok, one more.

After being on the fence for the last two months I have decided, what the hell, I will do one more full marathon this year! This morning I officially registered for the California International Marathon on December 7th.

It looks like a downhill profile but it is essentially a flat marathon (not my favorite). A 350 ft drop over 26 miles will not even be noticeable, but it reminds me of Napa, it is relatively small, I have a chance to meet some bloggers (let me know who is doing this bad boy for sure I would love to meet up!), and it is close (within 2.5 hour drive) so I decided I'll do it!

Catch up on the week:

Craziness ensued this week so I have been incommunicado again, but I did want to give a shout out to a first time marathoner from last weekend

AndreaN did her first full marathon last Sunday at the
Nike Women's Marathon in San Francisco!!

Andrea looking strong at Mile 16!

She hasn't written a full report yet (hopefully she hasn't gone to the Calyx school of race reporting and we will have to wait until next October for the full report! Sorry Calyx, I am a snarky bitch!)

Andrea putting her head down and getting it done at Mile 25!

I was fortunate enough to be there last April when she completed her first 10k and again last weekend when she completed her first full marathon! Talk about some HUGE fitness gains! She was strong, steady and doggedly determined. I was so proud, badass me even cried on the way home!
Hugs from hubby at the finish make the those last 6 miles worth it!

Picking up your finishers t-shirt at the end of the race, Priceless!

I was so glad I could see her again and be there at such a cool moment in her life. I hope I wasn't too irritating. I can be VERY irritating when I am excited!

I was bummed though that I missed my opportunities to meet AKA Alice (and her hefferettes) and Running Knitter at the Nike half marathon. But they had AWESOME races! Go check out their reports! You will NOT be disappointed!

My training is sucking ass lately. I did two runs this week with lots of chest tightness and coughing for a whopping total of 6 miles ( I did run/walk 10 miles with AndreaN on Sunday and my lungs were fine), but I need to get my schedule back on track for cycling and, oh, I don't know, maybe get my fat ass in the water for the first time since fucking Pac Grove! Gah!


Julianne said...

Congrats to Andrea!!! Yay for her first full marathon finish!

And hooray for signing for the CIM!! I'm running it, too!!!

(Ok, I use exclamation marks a little too much!!! Hehe!)

Willie said...

Why not do another marathon, they're fun.

Andrea is a total hero, props to you for going to see her.

Unknown said...

"I have decided, what the h*ll, I will do one more full marathon..."

You do know that this is the sign of lunacy, right?

Of course, I mean that in a good way. ;-)

Calyx Meredith said...

A last minute marathon? You are starting to sound like Willie. (Not that that's a bad thing!) Yay Andrea! What fun. (And um, I am still thinking about fixing to get started on finishing my race report.) :D

Stef0115 said...

Dude. Awesome. Can't wait to read about it!

Thanks for the link to Andrea's blog too.

ShirleyPerly said...

Thanks for letting us know about Andrea!

As for you, get better soon so you can kick some @ss at CIM. No better way to get over a disappointing race than to do another one ;-)

The Original MAJ said...

Awesome post! Great job, Andrea!

And why the hell not do another marathon? lol

JenZen said...

That marathon looks like a good one. I like the slow, steady downslope. Should be decent for a PR try!

Formulaic said...

Yeah to Andrea!

And as for you....

You are one crazy woman and that's why we love you. A last minute marathon? Very nice. Hopefully you rock it. (Why don't you like flat?)

Don't stress on the water. I took off a huge time and flopped right back into it without a problem.

Sometimes it's good for the body to take a complete break.

K said...

I'm doing CIM this year too.
My first CIM, my first marathon ever!

Anonymous said...

Well, I see absolutely nothing wrong with signing up for a last minute marathon ;-) You're hooked girl!!

Kudos and big hooray's to Andrea!! She rocked it!!!

"badass you crying"...now that just cracked me up, but there's always something on your posts to make me laugh. My family is shocked if I cry during a movie or something. I'm all tough, ya know ;)

Lou said...

I got really confused because I was going through my google reader and I thought I clicked on Lindy's blog and I was like, "LINDY IS DOING A MARATHON IN CALIFORNIA IN TWO MONTHS????? WHAAAAA?!?!?!!?"

Then I realized what I had done. Yay for RBR! Go on with your bad marathoning self.

E said...

Ok, I just read on Andrea's blog that you kept her company for the last 10 miles. You so ROCK!

Aileen said...

Jeez you are a super woman!