This weekend, I was supposed to run the Virginia Creeper Marathon on Sunday. I don’t know what it is, but Virginia just seems to be a terribly unlucky state for me… I never get there and never make it to the race (Richmond Marathon non-report still to come)! This week, the issue was just that the flights were too full for my standby-traveling self. With 16 people ahead of me on the standby list (for a sold out plane that only holds 100 people), I decided not to even bother making the trek out to the airport and wasting my day for a 0.1% chance I’d make it. Instead, I was ready to live it up at home.
I promised you all that I would do something athletic this weekend if I didn’t run the marathon… but that mostly just amounted to 20 minutes of weight lifting and 30 minutes on the elliptical. Not quite the feat I meant to achieve! However, I filled my weekend with cleaning, shopping, wining and dining, and brunching… overall, a perfect and relaxing weekend.
But now I still need to make up Virginia in order to finish by June 6 in Minneapolis… which means I’m going to have to do a double. The only weekend that really works for me is April 17, as a double with Boston on a Monday. However, there are two Virginia marathons to choose from on that day:
1. Charlottesville Marathon. 26.2 miles on a hilly but beautiful course, and rated by Runner’s World as one of the best marathons in the country. If I did this one, I’d probably run it pretty easy and then try for a PR at Boston on Monday (yes, I know it’s a hilly course, but I do great with crowds so that may make the difference).
2. Happy Pace 24 Hour Ultra. Um, it’s 24 hours! Craziness, though I had a blast at the (much shorter) 6 hour ultra I did. For this one, I’d aim to cover at least 52.4 miles and let that be the bad ass part of my Boston… that I did a double marathon two days prior.
P.S. Shame on me for not working out more this weekend. Be sure to include that in your comments so I can hopefully feel bad and learn from it.