Last year, during an annual girls’ trip to Charleston for the Cooper River Bridge Run, we ran (ha) into a rather magical booth at the Running Expo. A woman named Melissa*, clad in a tiara and running medal covered with iconic characters (PLUTO!), revealed to us that a magical running event occurred in the most magical places in the world. Disney has all kinds of fun running events including a Princess Half Marathon. I was convinced we were destined to participate in the 2011 event. We are all seasoned 10kers but we are all probably more comfortable with a 5k (with the exception of KB, who runs 13.1 miles for fun, like, every Saturday). I think the conversation went a little something like this:
Melissa: Would you girls like to compete in the 2011 Disney Princess Run?
Me: Oooh do you get a tiara?
Melissa: why yes, yes you do!
ME: Whaaa!!?!?! Sold!
Friend 1, NK: Hmm.. do we really want to do a half marathon?
Friend 2, KB (seasoned runner): Yeah.. I’m not sure that February is a good month to be doing your first half… it’s going to suck training in cold weather.
Friend 3, RCB: Yeah, that’s going to suck.
Me: BUT YOU GET A TIARA!!!!!
At this point I am quite certain Melissa pulled out a magical wand, shouting “Bippity Boppity Boo!” as she convinced everyone that this is the greatest idea EVER. I mean… EVER.
Melissa and her evil ways
Everyone: THIS IS THE GREATEST IDEA EVER! I MEAN… EVER!
Forward to today, January 4th, 2011: I am now convinced that this is the STUPIDEST idea ever. Bippity Boppity BOO-HOO (see what I did there?). Here are the top reasons why training for ANYTHING in the cold is stupid.
1) RCB and I have both been fighting some sort of cold thing since Thanksgiving. Do you how much it sucks to run in the cold with a cold? Needless to say, there’s been a big ole’ gap in the training schedule.
2) Btw, it’s cold as hell out there, which makes zero sense since it’s actually hot in hell. However, hell probably did freeze over after we made this decision. Also, I hate running on a treadmill.
3) I know I ate about 9,000 cookies (give or take 8,985 or so) over the holidays. That makes me all sorts of unathletic right now.
Sure, you could argue that this is a good thing. You could argue that this is good for us. A new year’s resolution! You could argue that we’ll make it out alive since we’re all runners and we’re in pretty good shape and if we can run 10ks, surely we can do a half. I just wish this run was in April instead of February so I could actually conclude my training in clement weather (I’m assuming clement is the opposite of inclement, right?) instead of this bs coughy-cold weather. I’ll be sure to update all 10 of you who read this (optimism – isn’t it great!?) with the results…
*Not really sure if her name really was Melissa as this happened last April, but it’s close enough for the telling of this story.
**Another friend, LVF, was scheduled to make an appearance but tore her ACL playing flag football . It was an expensive and silly way to get out of running a race (LVF, you could have just told us you didn’t want to go), but I understand entirely.