Last week I ran the annual Christmas Lights Run, organized by Ed Sutter, of Eddie's Famous Cheesesteaks. This is where over one hundred runners don Christmas apparel and run through the streets of Akron (following the blue line of the Akron Marathon) to Stan Hywet Hall to see the beautiful Christmas lights. It is a total of eight miles, and then everybody fills the bars and restaurants in downtown Akron for post-run food and libations. Here are some pics:
|Cleveland Marathon Ambassador and Pacer Spotting! Steve, Me, Pam|
|The whole group in front of Stan Hywet Hall. Photo Credit: Steve Pierce|
|Trail Sisters Represent! Marta, Cari, Angie, Me|
I love running at night, and the lights at Stan Hywet are amazing. This was a great way to relieve some holiday stress.
|This is usually how I deal with holiday stress.|
On another note, I did something stupid, Peeps. Here are some hints:
1. Peer pressure was definitely involved.
2. Alcohol may have been involved.
3. I was looking for something different in my races.
4. I'm turning 50 in two years.
Did you guess that I signed up for my first 50K? Ok, that isn't so bad, right? I mean, it's inevitable that I'm going to run a 50K when I've already run six marathons. Here is the problem. For my first 50K, I've chosen. . .
The Mohican Forget the PR
Here are some things you need to know:
1. The course is EXTREMELY difficult.
2. The race is in April (around my birthday), so I can most likely expect icy rain.
3. I am #8 on the waitlist. When I mentioned to my friends that I felt that it was unlikely that I would get in, they all informed me that I was definitely going to be running the 50K if I'm only #8. GAAAAAAAA.
4. Trail Sisters have already registered, so I will be in good company.
I've had a period of freaking out, but I am not a quitter, so I am going to prepare for this damn race. I will run hill repeats. I will do squats and pushups. I will put in the long trail miles. I can do this, right?
Ok, this is the most important part of the post. What spring race will you train for this winter? Will it be the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon or any of the races associated with it? If so, I have a code for you! Use SI2019 for 10% off registration for any race, including the series!
However you run this season, I hope you run happy, Peeps!
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