Boyfriend sucks at planning – he prefers to do everything spur-of-the-moment. Meanwhile, I’m the queen of planning. On the subway on the way home from work, I write out to-do lists that look something like this (my list from yesterday):
6 – Travel
7 – Home, mail, e-mail, blog
7:30 – Gym (arms)
8 – Grocery, cook
8:30 – Dinner, Cook Yourself Thin
9 – Free weights, So You Think You Can Dance
11 – Cook lunch, bed
So… yeah, I’m pretty anal/organized 🙂 With regards to marathoning, I’ve been trying to get better lately about planning at least a month or so in advance to take advantage of cheaper race fees. Over the summer, it’s especially easy to plan since there aren’t many marathons to choose from. However, I still need to balance marathon trips with other plans – things like my little sister’s dance recital and Boyfriend’s brother’s wedding. It’s planning for the latter that I’m really thinking about now.
The wedding is on a Sunday, and due to Boyfriend’s penchant for not planning, I didn’t know any details beyond that. I had no idea what time it was, exactly where it was… basically nothing beyond the day and that it was somewhere in the state of New Jersey. I finally pressed him for details, because I would love to plan a marathon around that weekend, and I discovered something very interesting.
The wedding is scheduled for 2:30 PM, in the town of ***, New Jersey. Also in the town of ***, New Jersey, there is a 50K that morning at 8:30 AM.
If I can run a marathon in 4:10, then my 50K predicted finish time is 5:00, which would mean I would be done at 1:30. Assuming 15 minutes to get from the race to my hotel, 30 minutes to shower and get ready, and 15 minutes to get from the hotel to the church, it seems doable.
This may be the craziest stunt I’ve ever tried. Then again, it would be pretty sweet to have the wedding reception as my post-race party. No feeling guilty about the booze – I just ran 30 miles!