Wednesday, May 18, 2011

reach the beach

This weekend I'm participating in Reach the Beach - it's a 200 mile race that goes from Wachusett to Westport. A team of lovely ladies had an opening so I made a fairly last minute decision to participate. The team name is "dirty little freaks," how could I refuse? Originally I'd been assigned to run just under 11 miles, and I was all "Oh hell yea! I can do that in my sleep!". But then we had anothe runner drop out and my dumb ass volunteered to take a fourth leg. Now I'm running a total of 18.5 miles over a twenty-four hour period. And I think that two of my legs will be in the dark. That means I get to wear a sweet-ass reflective vest with blinking lights and.. wait for it.. a head lamp. Oh, and iPods are not allowed. Something about us needing to focus while running in the dark.. Pfftt SAFETY.

I'm really excited to be doing this race but I feel totally unprepared. The total mileage sort of scares the shit out of me. But I'm really more worried about how I'm going to feel during that 7.3 mile fourth leg after an entire day of cat-napping in a van and running in the rain (thanks, Boston spring, you rule!)? I'm worried about my sensitive, dainty-as-a-flower stomach and whether or not it will cooperate. Seriously, the last thing I need is my stomach to turn against me while I'm stuck in the van, or worse yet, when I'm out on the course. It actually says in the SEVENTY PAGE race guide that you are not allowed to pee on people's property. WHAT IF I HAVE TO PEE BETWEEN TRANSITION AREAS?

Everyone keeps telling me that it's going to be a wonderful, fun experience. So damnit, I am going to have a wonderful and fun experience! I'm looking forward to meeting the rest of the girls on the team and forcing them to drink beers with me at the finish line. Whether they like it or not. HEAR THAT TEAMMATES?

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