Friday, July 14, 2006

I'm registered - The Endurance 50 - Texas

You may have heard about crazy old Dean Karnazes, and the crazy old North Face Endurance 50, i.e. running 50 marathons in 50 days in 50 states. Well, to do so, he's running 8 official marathons on their official day, but they are recreating 42 more, just so he can do it, and they let regular old peeps like you and me register for them and run them too.

The Texas leg of the race is on October 10, and is run on the course for the White Rock Marathon. The timing is perfect for the Texas Marathon Challenge, as it is about one month before San Antonio, and it's a lot closer than Marathon2Marathon.

I emailed Roger Soler, the guy that coordinates the TMC, to see if this race would qualify, and he said :
yes,,that will be fine!!!


And since three exclamation points is legally binding in every state of the union, I signed up. (not sure what the two commas mean)

So, it seems like a really unique race, and I'm very excited about it. And a little bit terrified. They don't close down the whole city like they do on a normal marathon, where I could shuffle along and drag my butt in anytime before sundown. Everybody runs together, with a police escort in the front, and a sag-wagon in the back, and I have to keep pace, or else!

On a normal day, I could never keep up with the dude who ran 100 miles to the start of the Napa Valley Marathon, and then ran a 3:15. But he's holding back for us mid-packers, and says he'll run between 4:30 and 5:00 (of course, I've never done that either).

So, I'm all hopped up, right now. I'm signed up for two marathons, one month apart, with the first less than 3 months away, and some additional pressure to run on pace. It's exciting. My stress-free, racing-free, running life is getting very interesting...

Listening to: Faith No More - As the Worm Turns (One day you're thinking that maybe you're feeling better; And you're probably an OK person, if only you had a job...)


Oh yeah, 4 miles, 157 bpm, 10:30 m/m.


Sarah said...

I hadn't heard of that. Sounds like a pretty unique experience. Can't wait to hear about it after you finish with Dean!

Vic said...

I've been reading Dean's blog and checking to the 50 in 50 thing. That's pretty cool and ambitious of you to do that. Well, it's not goint to be boring.

Steve Bezner said...

I've been debating this for some time now. I've read his book in almost one sitting and still read excepts of it from time to time.

Not sure how it would mess up my training or if I would even be ready, but dang it sounds like a lot of fun.