If you’re a runner, it’s probably not news to you that sometimes, us runner folk can be completely and totally, certifiably insane.
The events of the past week pretty much confirm that I’m as crazy as they come.
Running 10ish miles in hilly Kananaskis? No biggie.
On Friday I was notified of a new race series happening at Spruce Meadows. When I was a kid, Spruce Meadows was pretty much my version of Disneyland, so being able to combine horses and running?! Heck yes.
Oh, and the first race is the day after the K-100 relay.
I knew I wanted to run a fall full, but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to run Kelowna or Victoria. I found some awesome flights and reached out to Coach Bri (who, for the record, I haven’t met in person) to ask if I could crash on her couch. She said yes (except, she doesn’t have a couch, so it’ll be cozy) and fall marathon is done.
On Tuesday, I registered for Dopey.
Also on Tuesday I realized my fall marathon (Victoria) and WDW Full are 91 days apart. The Marathon Maniacs requirement is 90 days and I confirmed there is a bit of leeway in there given that some months have 31 days.
(I qualified as a Half Fanatic [number 11514] last year when I ran 4 halfs in 22 days in the fall)
I spent some time on Tuesday researching a third marathon to throw in the mix.
Oh, and?! (this could potentially be exhibit 6, but I like 5 better) if I also run 3 halfs in 90 days I’ll be able to qualify as a Double Agent because I’m doubly insane.
So on Wednesday I booked flights and registered for the Seattle Marathon. This also means I’ll get a visit in with Lexie since I convinced/asked nicely if she wanted to spend a weekend in Seattle with me!!
Thanks to Jen, I learned about Google Flights. I knew my race needed to be sometime between October 11 and January 10, so I used the Marathon Maniacs race calendar to see what races would fit the bill. Potential races were CIM December 6, Seattle November 29, RnR Vegas November 15. Then it was time to check Airmiles and Google Flights to see what was available.
Per Google Flights, flying to Seattle was by far the cheapest. Then I realized I could fly into Abbotsford and meet up with Lexie and have a quick girls weekend in Seattle. It didn’t take much convincing once I told her there was a Lorna Jane store in Seattle and flights and hotel were booked!
How Do I Afford It?
Flights are by far the most expensive part of travel. I use Google Flights where ever possible to look for well-priced flights, and I also earn points through Airmiles. Earlier this month I learned if you search one-way Airmiles flights there are far more options than searching return. A lot of my flights are a combination of one-way booked on Airmiles and one way paid for. (We’ll see how border services feels about this come June).
I also book my flights as far in advance as possible. On Monday, I booked my flights to Jacksonville (I’ll be road tripping to Orlando) for Disney because I found such a great deal I wasn’t about to pass it up! This means my life/trips are planned well in advance, but to me it’s worth it to save money.
I’ll also be eating ramen for the next seven months – I’m sure that’s also recommended as marathon fuel 😉
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What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done as a runner?
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