If you want to get to the core of me, there are only three words you need to say.
I love you…Nope. Not it. (Well, sort of.)
Want some cheese…Try again.
I brought Starbucks…Close, but no cigar.
Ok, ok, I’ll fill you in: I challenge you…
Stop the press! That’s the one folks. The one phrase that inevitably dupes me into my competitive mode. However, I’m not necessarily competitive with you people, but with myself. The pursuit of personal accomplishment is what keeps me, and I believe most runners, moving everyday. Whether it’s your first 5k, 10k or marathon, a challenge is enough to motivate on even the laziest of days. That’s why when I heard about the Boston 2 Big Sur Challenge, it took no more than a couple of minutes to decide that I was in.
What is the Boston 2 Big Sur Challenge?
Beginning in 2010, the challenge is an ingenious idea by the folks at the Big Sur Marathon to lure Boston runners back to the west coast to run what is hailed as one of the most beautiful marathons in the country. Open to 400 participants on a first come, first serve basis, the race challenges runners to two marathons, two coasts, in 13 days. That’s right, head out east for Boston, then in almost two weeks, head west for Big Sur. Have I ever done back to back (almost) marathons? Never! This will definitely be a first for me and a challenge that I am crazily excited for.
Why am I doing this crazy nonsense?
Hello, they have the word CHALLENGE in it! Well, that’s part of it. But I also considered this possibly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Who knows if/when I will ever run Boston again and I want to make the most of what 2010 gave me in 2011. I also wouldn’t be telling you the whole story if I didn’t say that they have some AWESOME swag, and we all know I’m a sucker for the bling-blang. Not only do you get Big Sur’s traditional marathon swag (shirt, medal, etc.), but you get an additional Boston 2 Big Sur jacket, training shirt (see below), special bib, and an additional medal. But who am I kidding? This challenge comes at a hefty price and in the long run I’m essentially paying for all of these things.
Also, one of the most important things I’m looking forward to is running this race with Aron. I have a feeling that we’ll be pulling each other through most of this to ensure that neither of our trampled bodies are left behind on the course.
What are my goals for this challenge?
Finish ALIVE! Seriously. I always tell myself that I’m just going to enjoy a race and not actually “race” it. But inevitably, I always end up somewhat racing. Given that I’ll be fresh off the heels of Boston, this is the perfect opportunity to simply run a race. No goal time. No pace charts. Literally just running and enjoying the apparently breathtaking views. I’m looking forward to the simplicity of this strategy.
Personally, 2011 is the year to take on new challenges and achieve what you otherwise thought could not be done! What are you challenging yourself to do in 2011?
Day 31: 6 miles with the speed bumped up