“Holy crap, I didn’t think I’d actually get selected!!”
For the last two years I have thought about putting my name into a lottery to run a marathon. This isn’t your average marathon, though. This is a trail run along the north shore of Lake Superior in northern Minnesota in September. They only allow 400 runners for the marathon, so there’s a lottery to be get selected.
When I finally entered myself into the lottery, I was fairly confident I wouldn’t be picked. Given the number of applicants and return runners, I was sure my $110 entry fee if selected was safe. But alas, when I got the email yesterday saying “Congratulations!”, my heart skipped a beat. My credit card was charged. My name is on the runner register for the world to see. I’m committed.
So now I’m off to create a training plan that not only includes putting in the miles, but also hitting the weights. This race boasts 11,000 of elevation change. Living in Fargo, ND, I don’t have much opportunity for elevation variation (in one 14 mile run I did there was literally 58 feet of elevation change). My wife also said I need to understand the risks given this is a trail run through the woods with little support if I got hurt. Or what if I get eaten by a bear?
I had a goal this year to run a race that was more extreme. I guess that’s going to happen. Be careful what you ask for, you just might get it!