What day is it? HUMP DAY! Sorry…just love that commercial so much.
So friends, I’ve got a wee bit of a dilemma. Back in the Spring when I was training for VCM, Jen, the registration director for the race, had contacted me about writing my “Why I Run” story for their blog, The Run Down. I did but it never was published. Fast forward to last week. I got another email asking if it was OK to publish my story now that the blog is back up and running after the summer break. I updated my post a little with how awful my race day was and sent it back to Jen. HERE’s the post if you are interested in it.
Once she read about my horrible day (or rather whole weekend), she said I HAD to do VCM in 2014 to “get the bad taste out of my mouth” from 2013.
Do I really want to do that again?
When I mentioned it to Ron, he laughed and said, “Do you really want to do that again?”
Truthfully, I had not even considered doing VCM ever again. It’s not because of Burlington (awesome town), the spectators (I was astounded by how many there were for the whole course on such a crappy weather day) or the race course (fabulous). It’s because of the WHOLE experience. A sick toddler, miserable weather conditions, GI issues like you wouldn’t believe, leg cramps that stopped me in my tracks and then the dang car repair issue on a Holiday weekend.
Let me tell you, that’s a whole lot of bad ju-ju in one weekend! You just don’t forget about that.
But when I read Jen’s email I started to think about it.
I know I can do better on that course than what I did on May 26th. A part of me wants to kick VCM in the face. In the nicest way possible, of course.
My #1 priority in picking my second marathon was location. I wanted one close to home, something I could drive to the morning of the race. I was leaning heavily towards the Maine Coast Marathon which is making a reappearance after a 28 year absence. But now I’m not so sure.
I’ve got some serious thinking to do. Do I really want to do VCM again?
What would you do?
Have you ever run the same race twice just to get the “bad taste” out of your mouth? Did it work?