This is a big weekend, I will be doing the California Relay! I have been really nervous about this and regretted agreeing to it. I didn't understand what I had signed up for in the beginning. I did it just to get know other women at my son's school.
It goes 199 miles from Calistoga to Santa Cruz, 12 women riding in two vans, divided into 36 legs. I am doing Legs 11, 23, 31. We run through the night (eek!) and sleep in the van during downtown. There is no course support, no roads blocked off. We just run on the shoulder and sidewalks.
I can run and a few months ago I did my first half marathon. BUT I haven't really been able to run since then. First I was really sore from the Half, then I thought I'd take a break, then I got sick and had a sinus infection. And then we went to Hawaii vacation. (I even brought my running shoes and went out one day). Excuses, excuses, I know. But here I am with a van full of women expecting me to run 18 miles in 36 hours, and at a reasonable pace.
The other women are "real runners", unlike myself. But they have been really nice and tell me not to worry. I am totally out of my comfort zone on this, but that is how we grow and learn about ourselves... right? Anyways I've stocked up pepper spray, headlamp, reflective tape and a water belt. Antibiotics cured my sinus infection, and it turns out that I have really bad allergies this year. So I''m trying to find the best antihistamine and take care of myself! I only have a few more weeks where I can run, then it gets too hot out and my kids are out of school for the summer and I won't have the time.
The Relay supports Organs R Us, a charity that helps families awaiting organ donation. If you are interested in sponsoring my team, click HERE.
On another note, on vacation it became very clear to me I have added back a few pounds. Bathing suits are so unforgiving. I weighed yesterday for the first time in months, and yep, I was up a whopping 9.5 lbs. Part of it was vacation constipation (that always happens to me!) but the rest was Valentines, Easter and kids sweets that have been around the house. So I'm going to use the month of May to tackles these pounds and not let them get the best of me! Several of my twitter friends and family members have already committed to joining me in a May Weight Loss Challenge. I hope my readers will join in too! It will be fun to do it with others! So think about that this weekend, and if I live through the Relay I'll write more about it on Monday.
UPDATE: This turned out to be SO freaking fun! I had the best time with the women in my van and the other teams. We were all over 40 and there were very few other women our age out there, so that felt great. And I did it! I survived and I did it! My first leg was really difficult, and big hill in Petaluma and then I fell on the night run and scratched up my leg (battle scar!). But I truly loved this! I feel lucky, proud and extremely sore. On, and tired too...
Thanks so much to my readers who donated to this import cause too! I really appreciate you all!