The Flying Pig Marathon will still be there for me next year....for a mere $10 processing fee. I'm glad, because to a
I can be ok with this turn of events. While it sucks to have to defer a big exciting goal, good things are coming out of it. The Warrior Run is putting together a group of volunteers to work at the Pig. In exchange for a group of 30, the Pig will donate money to the Warrior Run, a local 5k. I ran it last year, and it was a beautiful, fun, FLAT race with great crowd support. Plus, proceeds go to a teen suicide prevention program, a cause that's near and dear to my heart.
So, I signed up, and as it turns out - I'm their 30th person. Was it meant to be that way, or what??
So now I will be a course monitor on Bramble Road, which is between mile 14 and 15 of the Pig. No, I'm not 100% sure what I'll officially be doing (I'm guessing making sure people stay on the right path and aren't dying - my husband asked if I keep the course from going anywhere), but I know it'll give me an up close and personal glimpse of the marathon; I'll be able to cheer on people at what may be a tough point in the race - middles for me are ALWAYS tough, regardless of distance - and about two hours in, I'll start scanning the crowd for my running buddy!
Plus, that part of the course is only 5-6 miles from my house, which means I'm going to attempt to get up early and ride my bike there. In order to do that, I still need to test how well my bike does on the hill on Wooster Pike, but I have a feeling it'll make it. :)
One more note in the world of Warriors - the Ohio Warrior Dash, which was sold out, has opened a ton of new available time slots!!! The Warrior DASH is a crazy 3 mile-ish obstacle course that I have wanted to do since I heard of it. It's at the beginning of June, by which point I should definitely be running again. I'm so stoked for it!!