Happy happy Friday! The craziness at work is done (for the week, anyways!) and it felt so good last night to skip out of work at 4:59 p.m. and head home, even if it meant dealing with rush hour traffic. 


In just 48 hours, I’ll be tackling marathon #20… the Hill Country Marathon! In case you missed it, this video is pretty much the reason why I signed up for this race: 

I’m really looking forward to it. After the Santa Rosa Marathon in August, I told myself that I was going to take some time off… but the little marathon itch came about in mid-September and I decided what the heck… a race that I can drive to? And enjoy the sights of Hill Country? 

My training hasn’t been the greatest (thanks, iron deficiency) and I’ve had some of my lovely stomach issues return over the past few weeks (thanks, IBS). So, I really have no idea where I stand in terms of preparation for this race. 


That’s totally OK.

I am going into this race with no goals, no expectations, no anything. 

Just to run a race and enjoy it as much as I can. 

Maybe I’ll feel speedy that morning? (Although given this elevation profile, probably not:)


Or maybe I’ll see what it’s like to run a race with 0 course support (and 0 water stops… which I just read yesterday. Oops.).

It probably sounds insane, but I love running races like this… especially marathons. I feel like, just because of the sheer amount of effort that goes into running marathons, it just naturally becomes a big deal. We eat, breathe, think our goals for 16 or even 18 weeks. When it doesn’t go our way… it can be extremely disappointing. I am sure I’m not the only one that’s cried at a finish line after a bad race. 

So having the chance to run a marathon to actually enjoy it? Two thumbs up to that!


What are you up to this weekend? Do you prefer to run competitively or for fun? 

Are you racing this weekend? Which race? 

How bad is traffic where you live? It’s definitely not the greatest here, but it could be worse for sure. 

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