That which does not kill us, makes us stronger. - Nietzsche

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Official Pig Decision/I Am the Warrior!

The Flying Pig Marathon will still be there for me next year....for a mere $10 processing fee. I'm glad, because to a cheap frugal person like me, losing an entry fee could be enough to make me seriously consider running one of the races. And if I do, even if I just run the 5k, at best I'd be likely to run a pretty crappy race. At worse, I'd make the existing injury worse, which is pretty much the last thing I need.

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!!


  1. AAHHHHHHHHHHH! I'm still sad that we're not Pigging together next week, but I'm so ridiculously excited that you're going to be out on the course.

    Warrior Dash is going to be awesome.

  2. Bittersweet for me, too....but I can't freaking WAIT to see you pass by!!!

    Warrior Dash is going to be so ridiculously much fun!! I'm so glad we can do it!!

  3. I just found your blog, I am a fellow Ohio blogger up in C-bus.

    I will be doing the Warrior Dash!!

    What other races are you thinking of doing, I "might" be heading down to Cincy for Tri for Joe

  4. Let me know if you do! I'm really hoping for that one, although any future races at this point are depending on my leg HTFU. (Healing the f up!)

    I'm considering the Cincinnati Triathlon (yes, I am well aware that the Ohio River is nasty and I want to do it anyway); I've also considered Ceasar Creek, Hueston Woods (although it's the week before the air force marathon, so maybe not), and the East Fork women's tri.

    As far as just running, MAYBE the redlegs 10k on 6/11 (but that may be pushing it) and there's a handful of 5ks I want to do, and the USAF marathon in September.

    I'll check out your blog. Thanks for commenting. :)

  5. Oh yeah, when are you doing the Warrior Dash? We're Sunday at 3.

  6. I will let you know, its in the air (with gas getting expensive, I am trying to justify 4 hour round trip for a hour race), I love Tri for Joe, its just a fun race, especially the swim. For a good cause. Joe comes out and hangs around the race site. Its just a good fun race.