Published August 17th, 2008
I confess: I’ve been holding back on you.
After pouring my heart out week after week, sharing the minutiae of my training for North Olympic, I decided to operate in stealth mode for a bit. (Pretty funny coming from someone who has no problem sharing the intimate details of her biological functions).
However, it’s not that I haven’t hinted at my shenanigans. After North Olympic my darling and I started thinking of other marathon goals to have besides Boston. Given the Marathon Maniacs are based here, it seemed a natural. We originally thought we’d try for membership after Disney (it falls 91 days after Royal Victoria; as long as we had run a marathon between the two we’d qualify).
But one thing led to another and we signed ourselves up for Skagit Flats on September 7. We figured we’d run a November marathon, thus qualifying for MM status. But once again, one thing led to another and we soon were signing up for the Tunnel Marathon, which was… TODAY! A quick look at the calendar confirmed we’d be eligible for MM status after Skagit Flats, as that race is 91 day past North Olympic (their website states you need to run 3 marathons within 90 days, but I confirmed they’d allow 91).
I’ll post my race report soon, but we had a fabulous race today. It was primarily downhill, going along an old railroad grade from Snoqualmie Pass to the town of North Bend. We ran through a 2-mile long tunnel within the first three miles, hence the name (we had to wear headlamps which they collected at the end). I was familiar with the final five miles of the race, as it ran along the same trail as the Mt. Si Relay. It’s a wonderfully wide, compact dirt trail that’s easy on the knees.
So there you have it — I can soon officially call myself a “Marathon Maniac” (capital M). Here’s my list of upcoming races:
Sept. 7: Skagit Flats
Oct. 12: Royal Victoria
Jan. 10-11: Goofy Challenge
June 29: Seattle Rock ‘n Roll Marathon
Knees don’t fail me now!
P.S. Oh my goodness; I almost forgot to mention! Based on my performance today, I’ll also be running a race back East the third Monday in April.