By now, you may have heard that I Ran a Marathon. Seriously, I did. The best part of it? The week after. I haven't done a damn thing and it feels great. What's better is that I miss running. Not the way that A-Rod misses Jeter when they're apart, but I miss it all the same. I'm going to get back out on the road as soon as this nagging pain on the side of my foot subsides. It shouldn't take too much longer. Nothing a double cheeseburger and a chocolate milkshake from my favorite local burger joint can't fix.
It's occurred to me that I should probably set some goals for 2009. I could classify the marathon as "unfinished business" from 2008, but I don't want to rip off a cliche motto that every sports team uses when they think that they got jobbed the previous year.
Right now, I want to do 2 HMs. The first one will be the Lincoln Half Marathon in May. Now that I have a little more race experience, I've come to the determination that Lincoln is a really great, completely underrated race. A flat, fast course that's well organized, has lots of crowd support, and has a massive finishing area with a lot of food and fluids at the end. For this HM, I'm just going to go out and have fun. There are a couple people at work that'll be running their first HM, so I said I'd hang back and give them support. If you've learned anything from ROATM, it's that I'm overflowing with goodness and kindness.
The other HM is up for grabs. It'll be in the fall. I may do Omaha if/when they get their act together. Des Moines is always a possibility. I think I've been invited to Denver and Kansas City, but that would involve appearance fees on their part plus a lot of riders in my contract. Not to mention altitude issues (Denver) and hill issues (KC).
I really want to run the Market to Market Relay. Essentially, your team (6-8 people) runs from downtown Omaha to downtown Lincoln (est. 60+ miles). I didn't get to do it last year because I was training for the DM marathon....er....Half Marathon. This, of course, is assuming that I can find 5 to 7 others that are just as crazy as I am and can handle stinking up a Chevy Suburban for 8+ hours.
Lastly, I want to run The Living History Farms Cross Country Race. I mean, the picture alone on their home page is inviting me to get injured. Might as well have fun doing it.
"Fun" is going to be the theme for this year. I do have a goal of a sub 2 hour HM in the fall, but that's about it.
Oh yeah, one more thing. Some of you have asked, "When's your next marathon?" Really? It's like when you get married, people ask at the reception, "So when are you going to have kids?" Or when your first child is born and your wife is still recovering, "When are you going to have another one?" LAY OFF PEOPLE!!!!
That'd be the Lincoln Marathon in May of 2010.
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