Monday, January 27, 2014

The SF Marathon - Worth The Hurt - Am I Crazy?

Ok. I've clearly lost my mind. There can't be anything left up there. If you were watching today on Twitter, then you saw quite the conversation between Brian from Pavement Runner, and Chris from Let me recap some of what happened. Chris and I are running Surf City USA this weekend in Huntington Beach, we are also hosting a Tweet Up on Saturday at Noon at the Nuun Hydration booth so make sure you stop by. Brian jumps in and some how we discuss various assortments of hair pieces one could wear during a marathon...mohawk or mullet. Brian was thinking he would rock a mohawk for The San Francisco Marathon this year. I agreed to that, I mean I did wear a bright orange one with mouse ears during the Disneyland Half in 2012, right? And then Brian says the following...

At this point, I knew I was in trouble! For those of you that may be unfamiliar, let me give you some background, then most of this MAY make sense haha.

The San Francisco Marathon is still to-date my favorite marathon course! Down the shore, out and back across the Golden Gate Bridge, through Golden Gate Park, through awesome neighborhoods in the city, and back toward the Ferry Building. Lots of beautiful and interesting things to see and experience along this eclectic route. Now, what the 52.4 Worth the Hurt Challenge is...

You start at Midnight (yes, Midnight), and run the full marathon course in reverse. You come back to the Ferry Building and check in with the Worth the Hurt tent, and then...yes you guessed it, you run the damn thing in the normal direction with the rest of the marathon field. So basically, you run two marathons back to back totaling 52.4 miles over the course of approx. 8 hours. The 1,000 participants who are bonkers enough to conqour this feat will also fundraise upwards to $1,000.00 for a charity. So that makes this even sweeter! You know how I feel about charity! Writing this gave me butterflies and now I feel anxious.

So here are my thoughts. I think I am going to do it. I love a challenge and this gives me something to seriously train for. I've had ultra distance on the brain for several months now, so now I have a goal I can see achieving. Plus, I have Brian and Chris to help motivate me and encourage me along the way. Although I am sure I won't see much of them because they both belong to the Royal Order of Marathon Gazelles, I know having them behind me (or in front of me) to support me in my training and performance would make it worth the hurt for sure. So, I guess that's it Pavey and Chris, sign me up! Let's do it!

I'm nervous and excited all at the same time. Time to get a training plan together with my coach, nutrition plans, and go for it! May not be the fastest one out there, but I am no quitter! Turn down for what let's go!


  1. No words. Ya'll are cray - I'll do my T25 in reverse

  2. See, I really think that Twitter makes us do things that we would ordinarily not think of on our own! You have fun with that - I have no doubt that you will. :)

  3. This is awesome! I personally know Chris and he's awesome. I've never personally met Pavement Runner, but his blog and social media give off the same impression. You are in good hands and will kill it! Best of luck :)