I finished the Martian Invasion half-marathon. BODYPUMP instructor training is over. And while I am registered for the Columbus Marathon, training doesn't officially begin until late June.
Like it or not, it seems I've found myself in a "what's next" kind of phase.
[insert gratuitous self portrait of me looking perplexed here]
I have been scoping out a small half-marathon here in Fort Wayne that marks the end of the city's Smallest Winner program. Despite hearing horror stories about the course (loops, hilly, out and back), I'm drawn to the race by its low entry fee ($30) and the timing. The half marathon falls on July 7, Miles' one-year birthday, and I can't help but love the idea of celebrating this past year and all we've gone through by running 13.1.
But I'd be alone. Literally, I'm sure. The field is small and the event is fairly new. While I'd love to celebrate the birth day with 13.1, I'm not so sure I want to do it on any empty road.
And that's exactly how L is tempting me with her most recent race registration blitz. In one morning, she registered for not one, not two but FOUR half marathons. I'm already participating in two of the races - just different events (Columbus Marathon and Fort-4-Fitness 4-miler) - leaving Chicago Rock 'n' Roll and the Indianapolis Women's Half Marathon open. RnR is out if only because of the registration cost but the Women's Half ...
Oh, the Women's Half. It is only $10 more than the Smallest Winner, and it is a quick drive to Indy. I could share a hotel room with L, run with my friends and kick off Labor Day Weekend in a healthy way. Its September date gives me a chance to have a bit of fun working on some other running goals this summer and might be a nice break during marathon training. And, most importantly, it's just for me. Or so they promise.
So you see, I'm in quite the pickle. And not in the good "there are fried pickles waiting for you on your desk" sort of way. (Don't knock 'em till you try 'em: Fried pickles are ah-mazing and I might kiss you on the mouth if you showed up with some right now. Girlfriend is hungry.)
Anyway, I am a bit torn as to what race to do. I can go for sentimental or I can go for fun. I guess there is a third option and go for cheap and do nothing.
Wait. That's not really an option.
What would you do?