April 4, 2014
One of the original goals for 2014 was to reach the level of Mars within the Half Fanatics club and I figured I could do this by completing the minimum 26 Half Marathons within 365 days. But I kept eye-balling Earth level. I would need to only add 5 more half marathons to reach it. I could totally do that, right? Well after searching and scouring the Internet for days on end to find local (or at least fairly drivable) races I think I’ve got it figured out.
But to accomplish this I am going to have to downgrade from the Full Monumental Marathon in November to the Half. So my goal to do a full marathon in 2014 is off the list. Okay…I’ll admit that I’m not really that bummed about it. I was trying to figure out how to get marathon training in while still doing all my half marathons and it just sounded like a lot of work.
And bonus, I discovered that I will actually reach Mars after this coming weekend. Since I did the Southern Illinois Spring Classic last weekend in (DUH!) Illinois and I’ll be doing a race in Indiana THIS Saturday, April 5th and then one in Ohio on Sunday April 5th that combination puts me on Mars as well! 3 half marathons in 3 separate states within 10 days – but I’ll get it done in 7 days. YAY me!!!
And until I retire or hit the winning lottery numbers (and I don’t play very often so chances are slim), Earth is the highest level I’ll reach. And looking ahead to 2015, I can concentrate on crossing more states off the list and not do as many half marathons. But I wonder if doing fewer half marathons is easier said than done. I do enjoy them!