I hope this is the last time I ever have to say this, but I’m really not ready for this marathon. I’ve run a total of 11 (eleven!) miles since the Mississippi Blues Marathon 2 months ago. Eeeeshh. I’ve gone to the occasional rowing and spin class (thank you, Class Pass!), but I’m also coming off a bout of the flu that knocked me out for a little over a week (I got the shot but still got sick). So, yeah, I’m pretty psyched that this race has a cut-off time of 8 hours so I can walk the whole thing, if it comes down to it.
I was supposed to run Little Rock two years ago but my flight got cancelled and the only other flight would have gotten me into Little Rock very late after the packet pickup was over. It was a blessing in disguise because that year they had a storm and “re-routed” the course for some people – there was confusion as to whether the race was actually cancelled or not, and it also depended where you were on the course, but I know I would have gotten pulled off, probably around mile 18, and I would have been so pissed.
This year, I’m flying in a day early and running the 5K on Saturday before the marathon on Sunday. Ostensibly this was to avoid another travel snafu but probably it’s more because I wanted an additional medal.
So, my expectations regarding the race(s) are pretty limited. I have no expectation on my time, and I don’t even have a good guess as to how long it will take me. (6 hours? 6 and a half? More?) I think the course has some rolling hills plus one long hill from mile 18 to 19, so I’ll probably be walking all of that. The weather looks pretty good – clear and 50 to 70 degrees. I splurged on the VIP tent for pre- and post-race, so I hope that’ll be worth the $25. They’ve teased the medal (click here for a photo) and while it’s large, it’s mostly cut-out (they said to reduce weight) and not that cute… But this is the year of ugly medals, so at least it’s got that going for it.
I’m looking forward to a big expo and seeing Little Rock for the first time – there seems to be an abundance of tasty restaurants, but I also packed this most delicious bread. It’s the milkshake of breads in that it’s delicious, melts in your mouth, and is calorically dense but nutritionally devoid.
See you in Little Rock!
Have you ever visited Little Rock? Are you surprised to learn this is only the 14th Little Rock Marathon? Do you think the Bachelor producers made Ben tell that second woman he loved her? Have you ever tried that delicious pull bread? Share in the comments!