Monday, November 17, 2008

I May Have Lost My Mind....

So this running thing is kind of taking over my sanity I think. I just signed up to run in a relay race in June. Sounds reasonable at first glance right? I mean that gives me nearly 8 months to keep running and get into better shape. The only thing about this particular relay is that it is 180 miles long and I have to run 3 different legs over a 24 hour period. Each leg is anywhere from 3 to 6 miles and it starts in Logan, Utah and ends in Park City, Utah. Its called the Wasatch Back and you can read about it here.


This is how I ended up here to begin with. It started with my friend Alisha unintentionally putting a bug in my head that I needed to start running in races. Then I started paying attention to that bug. I read about this relay race after running my first 5k a couple of weeks ago.....there was a flyer in my race bag. It sounded interesting and then I found a blog "Marathon Mommies" and someone had posted something there about needing 2 more runners for their team for this same race. I started thinking "wow, if I knew these girls, I would maybe sign up......". Then, the very next morning, I went visiting teaching and when I mentioned that I had sort of taken up running, my partner said "hey my sister just found out she is pregnant and needs someone to take her place in this relay race coming up in June"...... well of course is just happened to be this Wasatch Back relay that I was throwing around in my head! I just sort of felt like it was fate.

So I called her sister up and signed up to take her spot on their team. Then I got online and read more about it....... and now I'm scared. I'm going to have to start running my butt off to get ready for this. Its awesome and scary and crazy...... but awesome! I'm excited and I'm sick at the same time. I'm putting it out there so that I cant back out and you all have to hold me accountable! Basically, it lasts for 24 hours. Our team consists of 12 women and we each run 3 legs each that are 3-6 miles long. So, we will be running through the night, in the mountains (yikes) with little to no sleep and not much food.....like I said, I believe I may have lost my sanity. Here is an excerpt from an article written by one of the runners. You can click on it to read the whole article.


Wish me luck.....


*****by the way, these are not pictures of me or anyone I know. I "borrowed" them from the article that I quoted above.... They are racers from last years relay*****

4 comments:

pete/chris whipple said...

Oh Vanessa... Just be healthy... and be cautious..check with your doc about all this! I don't want your kids to be orphans... joking but kinda serious...otherwise, go for it if you really want to do it!

Alisha said...

Awesome! I'm totally jealous. I would love to find something like that around here. I KNOW you can do it!

Turleyfam said...

You are one crazy lady but I love it!!! I can hear your determination in your words. This will be a good thing.

Wyatts said...

I'm thrilled for you! I have heard about this race and know someone that goes and does it. Crazy. But i like it! I think it would be fun. Definatley running off adrenaline with all those women plugging along in vans with you! You can do it!