Saturday, March 29, 2008

Race Madness

It has happened. Race madness has come upon me...I find myself looking at races, thinking about which ones I could squeeze into the schedule...and Eric is no help, no help at all. He's looking at other races, which makes me look at them too, and, and, and...it's madness!

Two specific races are on our radar right now. The Peterson Ridge Rumble, far, far away in the middle of the wild state of Oregon, and the North Discovery Olympic Marathon, out in Sequim. Eric is thinking about the Rumble, and casually mentions that they have a 30k too. I'm thinking we need redemption at North Discovery - Eric had a stomach bug and bailed halfway, I simply had a tough and lousy race. We need to think fast though, because both are filling up.

We've had wild weather here this week - snow, hail, rain, sun, wind - sometimes all in the same hour. We've had several days of big fat flakes falling, piling up on our blooming trees, then melting off and starting over. It feels really cold too. I ran Tuesday and Wednesday, rested again on Thursday. Today I got a total of seven miles in between the regular run and the run with the beginners group. Mileage over the past three weeks has been: 65 miles, 5 miles, 21 miles. Pretty good recovery cycle I think. Next weekend is the Yakima Canyon Marathon - I think I'm recovered and good to go!

And finally, the Eric surprised me with a gift this week. Four bags of these:


24 comments:

Wes said...

Can you eat those? :-) Dee Dee and I haven't had that problem yet, but I can definitely see it coming on the horizon! Good luck figuring it all out!!!

Irene said...

What a great surprise!!!

Sarah said...

Marc is running the Rumble 60k (in my place again), so if you go we'll see you there! Have fun at Yakima. I'll have to add that one to my race list one of these years. : )

robtherunner said...

I am having race envy as well, but I need to look with a more realistic lens on. See ya in the a.m.!

Sunshine said...

Race Madness: I love it! Would you believe I was reading marathon web sites this afternoon. Madness.

Looking forward to your race reports.

That sounds like wild weather.. Your weather usually becomes ours.

Joe said...

What a romantic dude!! I could learn a few things from Eric!!!

Makita said...

Ridge Rumble....OH!!! I want to do that one (the 30K) but DH worries I'll stumble and injure myself. It is the last long run before I taper for Eugene so I am a little apprehensive myself. If you do it... so will I !!! I hope they haven't filled up yet.

What a great gift! :D

Jenny, Maniac #401 said...

You forgot to have some flipped over with the M&M side showing! So sweet of Eric. Literally. :) Notice you left out a certian event for the week. That's okay. We'll let it slide. Hope your run tomorrow goes well along Ruston.I'll be thinking of you while I'm spinning or on the eliptical.
Jenny

Randy - Maniac #788 said...

Hi Michelle, I'm back, the weather and my knee have gotten the best of me it seems this year, but still have gotten 2 marathons in, I hope I'm back to blogging...getting too many people asking me, even local friends that I had no idea were looking at my blog...

Trevor said...

I noticed you have already received a little bit of peer pressure to do the Peterson Ridge Rumble, and I certainly don't want to add MORE pressure, but you and Eric should do it! If you decide to do it, I will see you there. = )

scott keeps running said...

when i start getting excited about races jeanie just rolls her eyes and says, "uh-oh, here we go again..."

eric is such a sweet guy.

Meghan said...

Um, I couldn't figure out what these were until I read the comments. MnM's, it seems? When I first looked at them, I immediately thought they were personalized gel-coated pain relieving pills. I thought, oh Eric, what a jokester! Ha hah! Now the personalized MnM thing, that's cute!

Good luck deciding on a race!
Meghan

wendy said...

oh my! There is no rest for the weary, indeed! =) I can't believe your first marathon was a year and a half ago...you've really done well for yourself, my friend.

What an adorable gift from Eric. He's a pretty okay guy!

justrun said...

It has come up you, huh? You say that as if it's a surprise. ;-)

Cute gift!

Laura H said...

What a sweet gift! That is so neat!

Sounds like you got the racing bug - and there are so many out there that you can't go wrong! Good luck at Yakima! Wish I was running it but I gotta go be a delegate. Next year....

angie's pink fuzzy said...

that weather sounds craaazy!

Jon said...

Awwwww....M&M luv. :-)

Have fun at Yakima!

Ironayla said...

What a thoughtful gift from Eric!!

Race madness... lol. Is it contagious? :)

Good luck and have fun in Yakima next weekend.

Rebecca said...

I haven't even run my first marathon and I'm already planning fall races. For all I know, I'll hate it!

I hope to see you at Yakima - I'm finally starting to get nervous about it.

Mama said...

He must love you lots. Did he hide the other bags and just give you small bits at a time? hmmm.

Be Free,
Lorri

lizzie lee said...

Michelle, AMAZING!!!!!!! 65 miles in a week... WOW..... Enjoy the Yakima Canyon... I love that Canyon SO MUCH...

And did you see the weather today Tuesday? GORGEOUS!!!!!!!

Dori said...

JustRun took the words right out of my keyboard. That was a pretty cool gift you got from Eric.

Anne said...

That Eric is one clever guy.

Darrell said...

Personalizes M&M's, how cool.

More races means less required long runs, right?