Moonlight, Scotland, Tahoe and Warriors. OH MY!
There is nothing like a little extra motivation to get me back where I want to be and today, that motivation would be entering my next four races!
First up on the agenda, Moonlight Madness which is a nice local 5K at my favorite local running spot. As its name suggests, it is a night race…though with an 8 pm start time I am not exactly sure how dark it will really be but it will certainly be a ton of fun. One thing is for sure, the race will challenge me…after all, this park is where I regularly submit myself to the torture of hill training.
Next, the Oban Games hill race. Oban as in Scotland. That’s right! I will be doing an actual hill race at a real Scottish games in August. The race is only two miles long but has a 600’ elevation change. In my favor: I train a significantly higher elevation AND I have access to big elevation changes. So the chick who hates hills of course going to run up one for fun…in a foreign country…while on holiday. AWESOME!
This will be followed by the 10K portion of the Lake Tahoe Marathon series in September. This promises to be a tough race but still very doable. Plus I have a great group of friends who are also running and that helps a lot. Bring on the high elevation and the hills!
And finally, my absolute favorite of the bunch: the Warrior Dash. This is 3.15 miles of pure hell, complete with mud pits, water filled trenches, cargo nets, climbing walls and even leaping over fire. And once you survive, I mean finish, we get to celebrate with beer and music. I threw this one out on Facebook to see if any of my girlfriends would come. I was half joking but much to my amazement and pure delight, I now have a small army of warrior women who are all signed up and ready to tackle the mud and the muck with me. It is going to be a blast.
As for my other issues, with the tournament done and characterized as a resounding success by everyone involved (more on that in another post), and the resolution of other issues in my life plus some much needed rest, I am doing better. In fact, I have been out running all week and getting in my regular work out. I am still a little shaky, but vastly improved. I feel that I am finding my balance again.