So, I know I said I didn't really have anything planned after Oklahoma. That's a lie, because I did sign up for El Scorcho Sin Lun 6 (or rather, more accurately, La Scorchita - I ain't all crazy). Of course, that race registration was less of a function of having a long-term plan for what my running will look like come July than a need to not miss the biggest dang Frunner Party of the year. Party in the Park, y'all. That sucker sold out in a week and I sure as heck was not going to be left out.
So, what races *AM* I committed to (the word choice of "committed" is not an accident, friends and neighbors!)? Well, just so happens that there are FIVE races that I am definitely doing in the next couple of months, in between business travel to Tennessee, getting through kids' spring performances for band, theatre and such, moving my mom out of her house and getting her settled up here and all that life stuff. And it's FRIDAY, so I thought, hey, lookie there, a FRIDAY FIVE!! Must Blog! sweet!
So, if you'll be at any of these, holler at me in the comments so I know to look for you, and for sure you are REQUIRED to come find me so we can take a pre-race pic. Just 'cause I'm halfway in hiding online doesn't mean I don't want to see folks in person!! And I'm generally fairly easy to find, in that I'm usually wearing burnt orange of some kind, carrying a camera, and probably making a lot of noise.
|FRUNNERS!! Party in the Park with Frunners!|
|What, this doesn't look like fun to you?|
4. Dallas Rock & Roll Half. My cousin turns 40 this weekend. She freaked out about it a few months ago and decided to take control of her exercise and nutrition and set a goal to run a half marathon. So this is the one she chose. I had always sworn I wouldn't do an RnR event because they are kinda pricey, but seriously, I've had intense medal envy with this one in the past. Also, I love to do anything to support and encourage a new runner. So I will be running with my cousin on this one. I foresee good times ahead (and a pretty, pretty shiny thing to boot!).
3. Texas Independence Relay. 11 women, 2 vans, 201 miles. Buc-ee's along the way. Really, what more do you need to know?
|It's TEXAS, y'all!! (Why is Cap'n Libby missing from every group pic I have?)|
2. Big D Half Marathon. This will be my last event to earn the Mellew Four Seasons bling and shirt. Because I'm all about the bling and the shirt. Haven't done the half here since 2005, so it's been a while, but I recently will have done a couple of races starting/ending from Fair Park by the time this rolls around. Will be interesting to get a gauge of where I am speed-wise by that point in time, too. Mostly, though, it's about the streak, and the hardware, and so I don't ever, ever, ever have to do Hottest Half ever again in my whole life, as long as we both shall live, AMEN.
|Hottest Half Hardware. Got it. NEVER AGAIN!|
1. Oklahoma City Memorial Half. Never run the half here, having done the full two years in a row. Looking forward to skipping what I think are the toughest sections of the course: Gorilla Hill, the rollers leading up to the relay exchange at mile 8, and the wind off that lake, plus that overpass just after the lake. Very very much looking forward to being at Mile 23 when Marci comes charging through and at the end when she gets her much-earned and anticipated finisher shirt. We've got a party room at the Marriott again, and fully expect to have a crowd join us in the white limo for the two-block ride to Bricktown for dinner the night before. You know you want to be there too.
|DO NOT TAKE OFF THE PONCHO! #thatisall|
|Pile in, there's plenty of room!|
So, there you go. The running schedule for the runner who isn't running. Funny how that works out! See you at the starting line!