Worth the Hurt!

Remember that time I swore I wouldn’t run a Marathon in 2011? Or that time I said I was doing everything in my power to resist running a marathon? I was doing a great job, until Aron over at Runner’s Rambles posted a San Francisco Marathon Entry Give Away. I hesitated for a moment, and the cupid on my shoulder was telling me “No, no! Don’t do it” and the endorphin loving masochist in me said “go, go! Sign up!” So I guess it’s no shocker who won that battle, because I entered. Not once, but twice. I guess I really can’t help myself!

I’ve never been to San Francisco, let alone any part of California, so visions of a wonderful race weekend danced through my head. I’ve always wanted to go, and have SF built up as my “dream stateside vacation”.  I never really win anything, but I had a sneaky feeling that my luck might just turn around and I would win this give away.

This morning I received an email from Aron telling me to check out her blog and my heart started racing “could it be?!” I read her post on the changes to the Boston registration and qualifying standards and then I noticed at the bottom of her post that she said I HAD WON!! AHHH!

I excitedly emailed my boyfriend who quickly replied: “Wait, isn’t that the weekend after the Nantucket Triathlon?” Whoops. Small planning snafu! However, I think it’s appropriate that I have a triathlon booked the weekend before a marathon (Sidenote: I MAY wuss out and end up running the half…we will see!) whose tag line is “Worth the Hurt.” I still have yet to work out all of the details, but I am so excited to run this beautiful race, experience the city of San Francisco and meet all of the fabulous west coast bloggers that I follow.

So, was 2011 the year of skipping a marathon? Apparently not… and I am BEYOND thrilled. Maybe it was fate or just pure luck, but I’m running a marathon this year!

Aron, thank you so much for hosting this give away and randomly choosing me! I look forward to training and running this race with renewed enthusiasm and passion for running and racing. I am beyond thrilled and I can’t wait to start training for what will definitely be a race and a trip I will remember forever.

Some people definitely think I’m crazy, but those who know me, know that I can’t settle on mediocrity, or foregoing an amazing opportunity like this. So I guess the phrase will always hold true from my swimming days, The Intensity Never Stops!!


  1. says

    I think it was a sign too 🙂 SO HAPPY you won and are so excited about it AND I am so happy that I can help get you to California for the first time!

  2. says

    Congrats on winning Aron’s giveaway! (I won one of her half marathon giveaways earlier this year, so clearly you & I have good luck. 🙂

    I’m running SFM, too, and I think we need to have one massive blogger/twitter meet up!


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