This Time Next Year…

4 Oct

A year from today, I plan on being in awesome shape and finishing up my last few 20-mile runs to get ready for my first marathon as a mom. Third marathon overall, first marathon as a mom. Bah! Is it just me or does that sound way.more.terrifying?

Despite my trepidation, I think I’ve found next year’s fall marathon! I have set my sights on this gorgeous locale:


Leavenworth, Washington

Leavenworth is this cute town in the Cascade mountains that looks like a little Bavarian village and just so happens to be the prospective location of my next major running conquest.

The Leavenworth Oktoberfest Marathon is going on this weekend and I am a little bit dying to go watch… I’m a sucker for these things. Is anyone else out there crazy for spectating at running events? You know, runners in their natural element, going and going until they puke.

Yep, I eat that crap up.

In the meantime, I’ll be doing my little C210K plan and loving the fact that I am very much out of marathon shape, getting fatter by the day, and loving the little kicks on my (usually very full) bladder.

[Speaking of bladders… I was talking to Michael the other day and mentioned that running is way different now that I’m pregnant because it’s like little man gets super bounced on his own personal trampoline with every step I take. He just responded by saying “fun,” but then he got this distant look in his eyes and lost himself in what I can only imagine was a fantasy about getting super bounced on a trampoline all his own. He was out of it for awhile after that… I think he’s been jealous of our unborn son ever since.]

Which brings me to my second point. Examine these pictures from my first two marathons and tell me what they have in common:

Mesa Falls Marathon

At the start of the Mesa Falls Marathon in 2010

Mesa Falls with Michael

Toward the end of the Mesa Falls Marathon

Ogden Marathon with Jill

At mile 8 in the Ogden Marathon

Ogden Marathon Finish

My favorite moment of the Ogden Marathon: the finish
(we got chocolate milk and bread, so obviously I was pretty happy)

The answer: I’m with a running partner.

Michael ran the Mesa Falls Marathon with me (on a whim… he finished an olympic triathlon the weekend before and the night before the race he was like… yeah, why not? and then signed up. Ridiculous.) and my sister Jill trained for and ran the Ogden Marathon with me. Have I mentioned that we had a total blast together? Nothing brings two people together quite like self-inflicted suffering. True story.

But having moved to Seattle just a few months ago, I have yet to find a running buddy, nevermind a running buddy who I can keep up with (have you noticed my growing belly? Yeah, turns out that it’s been slowing me down these days).

Harry Potter and the Oder of the Phoenix

Who doesn’t love the Boy Who Lived?
That’s a rhetorical question.
If you don’t love him, we can’t be friends.
Don’t take it personally.

I’ve been listening to Harry Potter on audiobook lately, but I’m in the 5th book (you know, the one where Harry gets a little too emo for everybody’s tastes…), and having Johnny Raincloud in my ear doesn’t make running any more fun, unfortunately.

If anyone out there has any suggestions about how to pick up a new running buddy, PLEASE tell me. I’m dying a little over here.

Well geez, now that you’ve gotten me on the topic of my friendlessness I’m starting to sound like Harry in his Order of the Phoenix days. Maybe Hermione would make a good running buddy… she seems friendly enough, if not a little annoying.

Ps: An author of one of the blogs that I read, Caitlin over at Healthy Tipping Point, wrote a post about how she is having the exact same problem. Crazy, huh? It seems that a scarcity of running partners is going around. Sad day.


6 Responses to “This Time Next Year…”

  1. Jeyna Grace October 4, 2012 at 10:16 pm #

    I dont run, but my mom runs occasionally, and she picks up buddies from the gym.

    • dani :) October 4, 2012 at 11:16 pm #

      i’ve been procrastinating finding a new gym for awhile, now that you mention it… sometimes it’s the easiest solution that works best šŸ™‚ thanks for the suggestion!

  2. Lynne October 5, 2012 at 6:44 am #

    i’ve got it. anonymously call Kit’s company. tell them that the pacific northwest desperately needs some crazy-good Good Humor man ice cream marketing, and that only one ridiculously skinny ice cream man can do the job. Then they will transfer us to Seattle to save the day and I can be your running buddy!! problem solved.

    I trained for my half by myself and it stunk. I do like listening to books and/or podcasts and/or conference talks though. nice to have someone in your ear to take your mind off of the ridiculous pain you’re putting yourself through.

    maybe you could have an e-buddy? plan training runs at the same time and then report back, etc.

  3. dani :) October 5, 2012 at 9:57 am #

    lynne you evil genius. i’m totally calling his company. i’ll pretend to be michelle obama. that should get the job done, no?

    if that doesn’t work… good humor ice cream sounds REALLY awesome right now. ice cream for brunch? i think yes.

  4. Meghan Stuart October 5, 2012 at 10:27 am #

    Dani! I just love this blog and it is inspiring me to eat healthier! (even though I have yet to try any of your recipes you have posted, I have good intentions too). Also, I am going to do a C25K! I am not at all a runner but I want to try to be šŸ™‚ so wish me luck. You are also such a cute pregger! and I am currently listening to HP5 as well! However I kind of love that book, even though Harry is moody.

    • dani :) October 7, 2012 at 7:48 pm #

      that’s so awesome that you’re doing a 5K meghan! you are going to love running. just look out, it might take over your life šŸ™‚

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