As you all probably know, I’ve been strengthening my running friend relationships lately. My fitness friends are so totally awesome – even if some of them are sometimes not the best influence on me.
Me: “I’m doing two marathons in May… it’s going to be busy.”
Jocelyn: “You should come pace me in the New Jersey Marathon on May 6!”
Me: “Hmm… okay.”
Jocelyn: “And I’m doing the Country Music Half Marathon on April 28… you should come run the full so that I have someone to cheer for when I finish!”
Me: “Great! Sign me up!”
Four marathons in five weeks is not quite what I originally had in mind for my year… but it took little convincing. Ladies and gentlemen, I am back.
After I finished my 50 states, I got a little tired of marathons. I took a break (well, a “Laura break”, meaning I “only” ran nine marathons the next year instead of 25 like I had been used to doing). And after that, 7 months went by with no marathons at all. I had just about adjusted back to “normal” life when the Athleta opportunity came along… and I jumped on it. I was ready to get back to running, albeit a bit cautiously. I put forth a goal of running one marathon a month – but in my very first month, I did the Bermuda Marathon and remembered how much I loved running marathons. And then I did the HMRRC Winter Marathon and remembered that running easy and feeling strong is the most fun thing ever. Except for maybe pacing, which I did in March (yes, yes, race report still to come). And just like that, I’m back in the swing of things. Marathon season, here I come!
But then I heard about something very different – the chance to run on Nuun’s blogger relay team for Hood to Coast. As a group, we’ll be running much further than any of us could do on our own, and given how much I love pacing and coaching, it sounds right up my alley. I’m really excited about the chance to run my fastest for the team (which I can’t do when I pace), but still cheer my teammates on and help them do their best.
So without further ado, here is my application video for my next goal. The winners will be announced April 24 – cross your fingers for me!