Several requests have been made regarding my performance this weekend. Doug, my brother-in-law wants me to not run too hard so that I can drink more beer with him after we're done (he's running on a relay with Ellie). Nitmos would like me to throw up at some point because his favorite race reports always include vomit. (Funny, my favorite posts always include cramping. Needless to say I was disappointed in his last race report.) Ellie prefers I (a) not kill myself, (b) enjoy it, (c) but not enjoy it enough to ever want to do another ultra. My personal preferences are (not that they matter to any of you):
- Finish in under 8:30
- NOT puke. (Sorry, Nit.)
- NOT need to use a porta-john when one isn’t available.
Here's what I've got packed to help me get through Saturday:
Warm Chicken Broth/Thermos
New Glarus Spotted Cow
Leinenkugel’s Nut Brown
Body Glide/Band Aids
Change of Shorts/Shirt/Underwear
Under Armour Top
Mullet Wig (for post-race cheering)
Bag with change of clothes
In other news, after this announcement regarding yet another reason for Illinois residents to come to Wisconsin (apparently the town of Lake Geneva, the Cubs playing at Miller Park, Door County, and Wisconsin Dells isn’t enough), there are now 16 marathons in Wisconsin! Is there another state with that many marathons in a single year? Having run 5 of them (and planning on 3 different events next year), it’s a good problem for a guy like me to have. But what I’d love is for the marathons that share a weekend to split up—one Saturday, one Sunday. I think LaCrosse and Eau Claire would be perfect. Instead of battling over the same group of idiots runners in that part of the state, why not try to attract a special kind of idiot runner that would do them back to back? Maybe even give out a special medal for it? That could be kind of fun, right Ellie?
Rails to Trails
I can’t say thanks enough for all the support! But I think this someecard says it all:
...and, if Nitmos gets his way...
...and with that, I'm off to Door County for a great time!