Friday, September 10, 2010

Dreaming is free, right?


I didn't properly do my measurements this morning for Syl's Challenge, but will get to that this weekend and post next week.  I do know from the brief check I did that I need to step up my game if I want to see better results. 


Last night we had a long time acquaintance over that I went to high school with.  She was always someone who, despite being THE highest energy person I've EVER known, always struggled with her weight, and still does.  After we graduated I was surprised to hear that she had taken up running ... marathon running and then triathalons.  I don't recall her ever being active in high school.

As I've now become a runner, she was sharing some of the races she's done over the years (most multiple times).  Which are not limited to ...

New York
Disney (multiple times, multiple distances)
qualified for and ran Boston
Ironman Canada

plus one (which sounds SUPER cool, but probably wouldn't interest me as a race) in France where EVERY ONE in the race runs it in costume and there are multiple stops along the way at various wineries for wine tastings, etc.  I believe this is the one she was talking about - Marathon du Medoc.

To say I wasn't just the slightest (OK, fine ... OVER-THE-TOP) jealous of all her destination races would be an understatement.  You name a race within 100 miles of home and she's done them all too, if not multiple, multiple times.  Of course I have to look at it realistically and note that she does not have children, she is very financially stable and she has a ton of freedom to do these things.  She's also roped her husband into it and he does most of these races with her.  Like I said, she's high energy.  Apparently she told him early on in their relationship "keep up, or move on".  Gotta love it!

She is signed up to do the Goofy Challenge at Disney in January (10K, half marathon & full marathon all in the same weekend).  She has not begun training for it yet and, by her own admission, is horribly out of shape.  I can't even imagine.  But she certainly has the mental side of running down.  She says mentally she can finish it no problem, not well, but she can finish it.  Of course my husband jumped right in and said I should do this too ... I could go on airmiles.  But, training aside (because I would NEVER take this on unprepared), it's over $300 for registration alone, not to mention hotels, food, etc.  If I ever do something like this I do NOT want to have to do it on a budget.  I want to relax and enjoy every moment.  Plus, a race like that would HAVE to be followed up with some serious massage/spa time.

I absolutely DREAM of doing destination races like this. Though I'm certain if I ever do, it will be a once, or maybe twice, in a lifetime event. I remember a blog somewhere were someone did their first ever marathon in Greece. What I wouldn't give to do that!

Have you ever done a destination race?  Or do you dream of one? 
If you're a dreamer like me, do you honestly think it will be a reality one day?

Anyhow, have a great weekend and ....

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99ToGo said...

I'm still trying to wrap my mind around doing a 10K, half, and full all in one weekend!

I'd love to do a destination race, but I should probably do one at home first, right? And if my hip has anything to say about it, I may not be running at all :(

Syl said...

I have dreamed of the disney marathon since I saw it all over the blogs last year, I would love to do that one! Maybe one day we could do it together...

but alas for know I just dream about being able to run around my block again LOL!

kimert said...

My dream destination race is to do one of the Disney races, most likely a half marathon. One of these days maybe!

Fran said...

I still can't believe how expensive registering is in the US, even for 5K's. One of the biggest marathons is in Amsterdam, I just looked up what the registration fee is and is 55 Euro's which is less than 55 US dollars.

You can always have dreams and we should have dreams.

I'm lucky that Holland is such a small country. All the popular races are a maximum of 2,5 to 3 hours drive for me.

My dream is to finish a half here in Holland next year. If I finish and half marathons are it for me I want to participate in the big ones here in Holland and do a half in a different country every year, first in Europe and who knows one in the USA where the Disney half has my preference. But am still dreaming about that. First let's finish just one half and see how that goes.

Fran said...

Or .... Canada so I can do it with you and Syl.

ajh said...

I'm a dreamer. Would love to do the Goofy Challenge. Some day maybe.

Marcelle said...

I will be sitting on the sidelines cheering you ladies on...I have not even participated in a fun run yet....I cant even begin to talk about half marathons right now....dream...nothing wrong with that me says!!!

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Lynsey said...

I'd love to do a Disney one. I've been seriously thinking about skipping the 10K and training for a 1/2. Please wake my up from my dream and tell me I'm crazy.

Anonymous said...

Does San Francisco count? I didn't even realize that I was doing a destination marathon but I like the ring of it. But without doing it through Team In Training I definitely don't think I could afford to do these kinds of races often. It's a special treat - and I'm going to live it up for the first one!

Nej said...

Oh wow....that list is amazing!! I'm, also, uber jealous! :-)