January 31, 2011


My plan was to run the Mercedes Marathon on February 13.  Not for time.  It was meant to be purely for fun.  Birmingham has hills that make New Orleanians cry, but my good friend lives there and they have pretty sweet medals:
You could totally glue this on the hood of your car...

That was the plan, anyway.  But this winter has been frought with obstacles to running and runs that used to be a piece of cake are kicking my a-- more challenging than normal.  Sunday, I ran a local 30K as a slow long run and my calves didn't appreciate the effort.

So running Mercedes would be suicide.  It's a really stupid idea.  Really dumb.  But... uh... um... I might do it anyway.  Drinking beer with friends at the finish should drown the pain, right?  As long as I walk all the hills?  (And the slight inclines?)

Kinda sounds like a meth addict who can't get enough.  I guess there are worse addictions than running...


 noun \ə-ˈdik-shən, a-\

: the quality or state of being addicted <addiction to reading>
: compulsive need for and use of a habit-forming substance [or activity?] (as heroin, nicotine, or alcohol) characterized by tolerance and by well-defined physiological symptoms upon withdrawal; broadly : persistent compulsive use of a substance known by the user to be harmful.


  1. I know I am addict with endurance sports. But what other healthy alternative is there to kick the addiction?

  2. Beer makes it all worth it :)

    I'd say do it as long as you think it won't cause an injury. A little pain is totally worth it :)

    PS - The first step is admitting you have a problem...

  3. Don't risk an injury, be careful.
    I am addict with .... Pepsi!

  4. Well, I can never imagine running a marathon "purely for fun" I suppose it could be fun . . . with friends. Listen to your body and do it - go have fun. Enjoy the socializing - your schedule and future doesn't allow for a lot of it - you should seize every opportunity! Go have fun!

  5. I'll be there! It's an awesome race. Doing the half, though, due to health issues.

  6. I say DO IT! It's a "healthy" addiction..right?! And the beer at the finish line definitely sounds enticing...

  7. Wait - you can do races withOUT beer!?

    That mercedes race is on my long todo list of fun ones. Who could say no to that medal!?!?