Has it ever happened to you? An event pops up on the calendar, and suddenly your mind is flooded with happy thoughts of the previous times you've "been there and done that" and then (BAM!) the FOMO overtakes you? This particular weekend is going to have me reminiscing as my reality takes hold.
So, what's happening this weekend? And why all the FOMO?
It's the 2-year anniversary of becoming an ultra-marathoner. We all remember our first 5K, 10K, 10-miler, half marathon and marathon, right? Well, it was on July 18, 2015 that I claimed the status of ultra-marathoner. Myself and six other gal pals (Team #UBAGE...Ultra Bad Ass Girl's Extravaganza) embarked on this journey via the Christmas In July event (full recap HERE). We were registered for the 6-hour timed race, so our race began at midnight and ended at 6:00 a.m. the next morning. The course was an approximate 1-mile loop around a lake, and we had the goal of doing 32 total laps...getting us beyond the 50K mark.
|Christmas in July 2015|
Last year, several of us from Team #UBAGE returned, and this time we took on the challenge of running the 12-hour timed event (full recap HERE). Yes, you read that correctly...12 hours of continuous motion (this time, starting at 11:00 p.m and ending at 11:00 a.m.). Go big or go home, right? This was a challenge unlike anything I'd ever attempted before. I also had been dealing with some recent hamstring issues, so I was unsure if I'd be able to stay vertical for 12 continuous hours. We were blessed with near-perfect weather, though, and by taking walk breaks (every 5-6 miles), I did it! I finished with 38 total laps, for a total of 37+ miles. Totally an epic experience, and the post-race endorphins left me in a giddy state of bliss for several days following the finish line.
|Christmas in July 2016|
In 2014 (July 19-20), I ran the Chicago Rock'n'Roll 5K and Half Marathon Remix with Penny (full recap HERE). That's another event happening this weekend. I had been registered for the half marathon (happening on Sunday) but have to take a dreaded DNS (Did Not Start) due to my recent surgery. Ugh. Although the temps were hot and humid, this was a fine morning spent with a dear friend as we ran the streets of the Windy City and admired all the beautiful architecture.
|Rock'n'Roll Chicago 2014|
Not only am I missing out on the R'n'R half marathon this weekend, I am also missing out on what would have been a fun reunion with Wendy and Marcia. We met up in downtown Chicago, back in January, when the hubby and I were there for a 3-day-weekend excursion (more details HERE). The three of us ran 5ish miles along part of the river and the lakefront, and had a blast chatting about running, blogging, racing, and our lives in general. We had grandiose plans to run the R'n'R together on Sunday, but I will not be joining them. There's always next year...
|January 2017 with Wendy and Marcia|
A repeated flashback I've been having lately is summer-running in general, and significant races from years past. I also had to miss a favorite race last weekend...the Grimes Farm Trail Run. I think I've run it the past four years and have medaled every time....but not this year. Womp womp.
|Grimes Farm Trail Run 2017|
|with the son and youngest daughter (and Max and the turtle, Donatelo)|
I'm linking this with Meranda and Lacey and Rachel for the Friday Five 2.0