If you’re a regular blog reader (in general, not just OUaL) and have a keen sense of traditional race recap lineage, you might be wondering where the “what’s next” post from me is following Ventura. I’m here today to address that. Sort of.
I said I wouldn’t be returning to the marathon for a while. Two+ weeks post-race and I still stand by that. Steadfast on the “probably someday, not anytime soon” claim.
But I’m not off running altogether. I’m still riding on healthy legs and an above-average fitness base, and I don’t really want to let that go. But without a goal race on the horizon, working out has been more of a maintenance than a “Holy crap let’s get to work! Time to get better/faster/stronger!” which you know, is kind of cool.
a lovely early AM Back Bay loop with K this weekend – 10 miles just because, why not?
My raceplace.com browsing would indicate I’ve got a 5k/10k pain train coming my way, but I haven’t found one that seems right or fits into my schedule. Isn’t that the beauty of short races though? You don’t need to plan months in advance! When the urge gets strong enough and trigger finger can’t be contained anymore there can be a bib on your shirt mere hours later.
One race that has been on my radar that a few of you have also sent my way (super cool of y’all to think of me for it) is a supathlon. That’s like a triathlon, but running and Stand Up Paddleboarding.
I KNOW, RIGHT?! PERFECT!! SO FUN!!!
So why haven’t I added it to the schedule? Let me get a little first world blogger problems on you for a second…
I pitched a social media partnership to the race company, like I sometimes do. Lots of times they’re on board, seeing the value of authentic exposure and a ‘sticky’ race recap for future race seekers to find. Sometimes they offer a discounted entry, or a “get xx people to use this code and we’ll comp you” deal. Sometimes they say no. It’s all good, and like they say, it never hurts to ask.
But for some reason a no response – from multiple addresses – irks me more than anything. It’s probably my customer service/sales background, but Lord have I’d rather be told “No” a million times than be ignored.
So in my self-righteous indignation, I’m not registering. I realize the race will neither falter nor succeed based solely on my participation, just let me play my drama card and feel bigger and more important than I am.
Alright gotta go find a race to actually run and reply to some flagged emails so nobody can accuse me of being a hypocrite.
p.s. I don’t care how ridiculous any of this is. I’m exercising my right as a female to completely blow things out of proportion and take a stand against something completely irrelevant to the world outside my little bubble.