Kate was driving me to work this morning when we heard on the radio that there is a good chance of snow this week. I checked the 7 day forecast and it’s either snow or rain/snow for every day after today.
The forecast for Saturday is for snow, which is the day of the Equinox Marathon, that I am “running” in again. I must use quotes around the word ‘running’, because last year, around mile 20, I thought that my best strategy would be to lie down on the side of the trail and take a quick nap. I managed to resist the urge, but ended up walking the majority of the last 6 miles. Part of the reason this marathon is so difficult is that it has a little bit of a hill to climb.
The other reason this race is so hard for me is that, despite the fact that I have been running quite a bit this summer, I don’t really adopt a “training” program to prepare for races like this. I’m a bit of a Barney Stinson in this respect:
Barney Stinson : “Training for a marathon?!”
Barney: “You don’t train for a marathon. You just run it!”
. . .
Barney: “Here is how you run a marathon. Step one, you start running. Step two…there is no step two.”
How I Met Your Mother – Season 2 | Episode 15, Lucky Penny
Yup, It’s going to be an interesting weekend. My goal is to finish again. My super-goal is to be at least one second faster than my time last year of 5:50:50.
No matter what, it will be a pretty run/walk. Here are some photos that I took on the trail last year (after the race) and some shots from the top of Ester Dome:
Winter view of Denali from Ester Dome
The view of Ester Dome from campus
Summertime view from the summit