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Thursday, June 04, 2009

relays, ultras, and tris - oh my!

Hmm, guess what we're talking about over at the Runners' Lounge today?

This week, Take it and Run Thursday is focusing on the not-so-traditional running events ... mainly triathlons, relays, and ultra marathons.

I think it's pretty safe to say I'll never run an ultra marathon. Yes, I was once known to say I'd never run a full marathon. And somehow, that happened. But I'm pretty sure I won't change my mind on this one.

However, I apparently am willing run a half marathon one day and a full marathon the next. This is probably as close as I'm willing to get!

I'm currently training for my second sprint triathlon, Iron Girl, at the end of August. I had such a great time last year that I can't wait to do it again.

I've only been to the pool a few times so far (I didn't mean to slack all fall and winter ... ), but I'm already swimming longer without a break than I ever did last summer, other than race day. I've got a new bike, too, so hopefully I can get comfortable going a bit faster!

I can certainly see myself moving up to Olympic-distance triathlons -- Iron Girl's swim is pretty long for a sprint, so it wouldn't be that bad of a jump. While I'm not signing up anytime soon, a Half Ironman probably wouldn't be out of the question. But I think I have to draw the line at a full Ironman!

Now onto relays ... this is definitely something on my to-do list!

Back in April, I almost joined my friend's team for the American Odyssey Relay. A few members of her team had dropped out, and she send out an email looking for replacements. TWO WEEKS before the event!

Even without any special training, I was actually considering it. I had kept my mileage up after my March half marathon and April 10-mile race, so it wouldn't have been too bad.

But the race was the week after my vacation, and started on a Friday. I would have had to take another day off work at a time when I was seriously overbooked. I just couldn't afford to miss another day.

And yes, I would rather go into something like this with a little practice running more than once a day!

I'm sure it will happen. Maybe even later this year ... some friends are currently considering the DC Ragnar Relay in September. Sounds like fun!


At 11:09 PM, June 04, 2009, Blogger I Run for Fun said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. Hope you get to do the relay...I am sure you will have a blast. It's so much fun to be able to share all the emotions of a race with your team mates...it's somehow even better than a team sport.

At 11:31 PM, June 04, 2009, Blogger Gretchen said...

Looks like you have some fun stuff coming up!

I'm waiting until we move to start thinking about any more races.

At 6:37 AM, June 05, 2009, Blogger Abby said...

I almost did the American Odyssey relay this past year, too!

Good luck with the tri in August!

At 11:39 AM, June 05, 2009, Anonymous HeatherC said...

Totally with you! absolutely NO future plans that include an Ultra - but would Love to do a relay! If you sign up for a regional one and need a team member definitely let me know :)

very cool that you do Tris as well!!
I'm already excited for you to do the Disney Goofy challenge, that's awesome!

At 12:00 PM, June 05, 2009, Blogger J said...

So many races, so little time! Hopefully you can do a relay, they sound so fun!

Tris are pretty intense too! that is great that you do them. i don't know if i could!

At 12:55 PM, June 05, 2009, Blogger Sassy Molassy said...

Thanks for the comment on my blog! Good luck with the tri training! I'd love to do a tri someday.


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