My dad is always the first to tell me, it’s about the journey, not the goal. While I fully endorse this wise dad-ism, the one part he forgot to tell me about is what do you do after you’ve met that goal. The simplest and wisest answer I could conjure was, make some more goals! So ta-daaaa…here’s what’s next on the plate de Page:
1. The Healdsburg Wine Country Half Marathon – 10.30.10
My pal Aron said that this was one of her all-time favorite half marathons. Throw in wine tasting for every finisher and you had me at hello.
2. The US Half Marathon – 11.7.10
Damn you, Groupon! Seriously, how can you deny a Groupon for a $40 race? I really have no idea what this race is all about, but for 40 bones, count this girl in.
Every turkey day I head home to Nevada and brave the cold for this local 10K. The scenery? Not so great. The timing? Unofficial. The sweatshirt swag? Perfect to bundle up in after you’ve eaten too much. I run this one as often as I can as it’s always a little reminder of home.
4. Surf City Half Marathon – 2.6.11
I signed up for the Surf City half marathon as I thought it would be the completion to the California Dreamin’ series, but unfortunately, I was unable to make Long Beach this year. So I’ll still trek down to SoCal for this run, but will have to wait until the next Long Beach to complete the series.
5. Boston Marathon – 5.18.11
I don’t think an explanation is needed for this bad boy. But I am SO very thankful that I was lucky enough to register early and beat the madness that was this past Monday. I squeaaaal just thinking about this!
6. Big Sur Marathon (Boston 2 Big Sur Challenge) – 5.1.11
GULP! In a fit of excited anxiousness and the fear of it selling out before I made up my mind, I decided to bite the bullet and just do it (hmm…someone should trademark that phrase). I figured, this may be the one time I run Boston; thus, the one time I could actually do the Boston to Big Sur challenge as well. As the Big Sur Site likes to put it, “2 marathons, 2 coasts, 13 days.” I’ll fully admit that I’m a sucker for the extra swag associated with this challenge (i.e. additional shirt, jacket and medal), but I eager to see if I can push myself to this limit. A whole new challenge awaits!
Whew! Well I guess we can see where all of my money is heading…but every dollar is worth it! I’m so excited for this next year and I can’t wait to share it with everyone. Until then, I’m going to be making a “maintenance plan,” followed by the next round of training. So I’m wondering, can you recommend a good “maintenance plan” between marathons? Or how do you stay in fit without losing everything you’ve worked so hard for?
Aaaaannnnddddd…because I hate blog posts without photos, here’s a totally random photo of the most intense Guitar Hero session ever. Yes, I realize I’m now incriminating myself.