Today’s the day. People all over the United States are engaging in the frantic nocturnal scramble for commerce. There will be some running involved, hopefully no running over. Maybe a little kickboxing. Some deep breathing exercises. All in the effort to save a little cash. And believe me, I need to save a little cash! This year, I’ve spent more money on runcation and race entry fees than any other non-essential expense. Quicken showed me this cute little pie chart and the category of “Race Expense” was the third biggest piece, right after “Mortgage” and “Household”.
I don’t how this happened, I had a race budget! But you know, after SoCal Ragnar, I had to do Napa so I could get that double medal. And all my friends were running in Washington, I couldn’t let them have fun without me. And I had to do the Wine and Dine after Tink, because of that Coast to Coast medal. And there was no way I was going to run in Disneyworld and not take my kids to other happiest place on earth. Oh, and after experiencing the awesomeness of the ROC race in San Diego, I just had to do it again in Anaheim. And so the story goes. I have a hard time saying no to races and when I do say no, I’m green with envy when I see my running mates posting pics on facebook!
This year, I don’t want a lot for Christmas. There is just one thing I need…are you hearing Mariah Carey yet? All I want for Christmas is to race! So here it is, my Runcation Christmas List.
1. Any East Coast Ragnar or any Trail – I’ve been wanting to do this for awhile now. And I’m dying to get the Scoot Chicks in a van. D.C., Cape Cod, and Ontario are high on my list, but really any of them would be amazing. The trail race is a new series. Instead of a van, you camp and the race trails loop out from the camp site. It’s a different kind of relay but I’m anxious to take it on!
2. E.T. Full Moon Midnight Half-Marathon – Sci-Fi is kind of my thing. Just ask my X-Files and Star Wars ringtones. This course runs along Highway 375, which was named Extraterrestrial Highway by the federal government, in the Nevada desert in the middle of the night. Oh, and did I mention it borders Area 51? The whole idea of this race gives me chills.
3. Spartan Sprint – It seems like everyone I know loves these races. And I love dirt and I love adventure so I think I might love this race. Of course, I also think I’ll need to beef up before I attempt something like this. My upper body strength sucks. So push-ups, here I come.
4. Rock ‘n Roll Half-Marathon – It’s pretty simple…music is awesome, running is awesome, running to music is double awesome. The best part about this race series is that it is EVERYWHERE. Madrid, Scotland, Ireland…oh, how I dream of the day I can run in a foreign country! I might have to settle for L.A. this year, but one of these days…
5. Challenge Nation – This is the Ultimate Urban Scavenger Hunt and like a lot of these races, it’s everywhere. I can’t think of a better way to explore a city I’ve never been to before. It’s part physical, part mental, and a whole lot of adventure. The race part is a 5k and there’s prize money to be won. If I can’t be on Amazing Race, then I’ll gladly settle for this!
6. John Muir Trail – This isn’t a race but it’s top on my list of things I must do before I die. The trail is 211 miles long and runs from Yosemite to Mt. Whitney in California. It’s a hike, you carry your stuff on your back and sleep in a tent. No showers, no bathrooms, just me and the Sierra Nevada Mountains…and probably some other people because I can’t see myself doing this alone.