Last night I sat down at my computer ready to empty out my pockets of money. It’s a bit rude when 2/3 of your fall races all have the same early bird registration fee, no? Without batting an eyelash, I plunked down $38 for my 8th consecutive Sioux Falls Half Marathon. Cheap, awesome race. Seriously… $38!
And then I started to do some himming and hawing over the Dallas Marathon. My running this summer has been close to non-existent. Between some lingering burn out, a mega intensive June class schedule, and HOLY HADES hot temps (interesting fun fact: July 2012 posted the driest month in city HISTORY, along with the 2nd hottest temps, behind 1930-something), I’ve yet to put together a solid week of training, let alone a solid base.
I decided to check out the flights to see if the prices were increasing, and was surprised to see $160 staring back at me. The 5-6 times I’ve looked in the past few months have shown me $375…….. $320 is probably the cheapest I’m going to get. I called my bro to see if there was a specific time I should plan to fly in/out of town, and he gave me the go ahead for whenever. I plunked in my departure times, and when it came time to pay, the $160 hadn’t changed.
IT WAS $160 FOR THE ROUND TRIP FLIGHT.
Cue spastic dancing and whooping.
Cue also Ollie giving me the side eye for waking her up from her 20th nap of the day. Gurrrrrrrrl can sleep.
I called my mom, asked her to try to replicate the pricing, as I was sure I was missing SOMETHING. Nope $160 for her. After quadruple checking the dates, airports, times, etc. I purchased my flight. I somehow managed to take care of my trip to meet my sweet niece Harper, hang out with my studly nephew Harrison, see my bro and SIL, and hopefully run a solid 26.2 (for once….) for what I assumed JUST THE FLIGHT was going to initially run me. HUZZAH.
Amped up marathon Jeri: 1.
So this week is my last week of “base building” aka attempt to get in a long run. And at this point long run=anything higher than 6 miles (my current summer LR). I’m hoping to have some solid training (some semblance of Pfitz 18/55 with 26.2 for funzies throw in with Megan in San Fran!), a healthy cycle (YOU HEAR THAT LEGS??!?!), and maybe be able to squeak out a PR come December.
P.S. In case you were concerned, there’s talks of creating/crafting a Team Green shirt for Ollie for the Sioux Falls Half. No worries. Team Green REPRESENT!