Oh the joys of post-marathon life. Sleeping in, gorging on whatever I want and giving my body ample time to…eeeerrrr….wait! The sleeping in and gorging part have been in full swing, but that whole R&R portion? Not so much. Perhaps in an effort to maintain my sanity, I barely even mentioned this little event I have on Sunday: the Big Sur marathon!
This weekend I’ll be taking on the Boston 2 Big Sur challenge. What is that, you ask? Why allow me to explain…
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! You can read more about the challenge and my thoughts on it here.
So here we are, in just a few days I’ll be venturing down to Big Sur, California with Aron, Susan, Alyssa, Roadbunner, Kristen, Jessica, and Tara to tackle 26.2 miles of what is touted to be one of the most gorgeous courses, but also one whose elevation profile puts Boston to shame. Who convinced me to do this? Oh wait, I did.
The sad news is that part of highway one actually collapsed a couple of months ago and the course had to be altered to an out an back – I can’t determine yet if this will be a pro or con for my mental anxiety; let’s just try not to think about it.
In the mean time I’m going to focus on kicking this cold – yes, another one; I’m still blaming Bart – and just keeping the legs awake. I’ve only run two easy, short runs (under five miles), and one 30 minute bike ride since Boston. The focus here is to treat this week like another taper week ensuring that my legs are as rested as possible.
I’m stoked for the girl’s weekend and the idea of having both of my legs still attached come Monday. Hey, a girl can dream!
P.S. On a total side note, I wanted to vent: If they play one more commercial for “The Voice” I might kick in my screen. I get it. You have a big ad budget. Ok, done now.