Thursday, March 1, 2012

"Catalina" - Seven Foot Wave

Catalina [and or "cimi"] is a word I've gotten VERY used to hearing about in my home.

"Mom, when I was in Catalina . . . "
"Well, in Catalina, we did . . "
"So did you happen to get my cimi photos developed yet?"
"When I grow up, I want to live in Catalina."

Peanut went for her sixth grade trip back in mid-January and well . . . . it's still like it was yesterday around our place.

this. kid. loved. Catalina.

So you can imagine the shrills of happiness & joy when I told Peanut we'd be heading there for the Catalina Island Conservancy Marathon!

[sad but true fact . . . ]

I have never been to Catalina Island. Crazy right?

Hong Kong - check
New Zealand - check
Great Wall of China - check
Catalina - [soon to be "check" 3/10]

I was stoked when they asked me to run this.

Things I know about this race:

* It's all nature-y and outdoors-y "rugged terrain". I can do rugged. Yes, I freaking love my treadmill but I loved my 50 mile "Man against Horse" trail run too.

* This is so going to be my chance to get that new PR.

* The elevation chart looks totally awesome. hills? what hills? What the hill?
* I am soooooooooooo going to just roll down from mile 22.

* There will be plenty of "aid-stations" [they better have Twizzlers]

Anyone want to make a friendly wager? I'm calling this a "two fall mary". [I bet, I'll fall twice].

* That I am going to love this much needed break with my family.

* That WE get to meet Caroline on our way to Catalina.

Yes, that was on my 2012 bucket list. This woman owns a huge space in my heart. I am beyond thrilled to GET to meet her.

* * * *

I had a chance to visit with a lot of runners last weekend at Ragnar Del Sol. EVERY person I talked to about the Catalina Island Marathon said one of two things:

"That one is on my list of must do's".


"That is one of my most favorite marathons!"

I. cannot. freaking. wait.

Which marathon is on your "must do" list?


Matthew Smith said...

That is going to be AWESOME! The course looks pretty tough, but the last 4 miles are going to be painfully sweet!

Mandi Runs said...

Wow, the course looks awesome!

Cannot wait to hear about it!

My must do marathon... NYC.
I love me some concrete jungle.

Anonymous said...

Awesome!!! Those hills look brutal. So glad you get to check some stuff off of your bucket list :)

adena said...

If I were to ever do a full marathon you KNOW it's gonna be in AZ with YOU. ;-)

Lookit that, you post, I read, same day. Caught up!

Ginger said...

That sounds fantastic! You really are a running fool!
Loved your Ragnar race report. I'm so amazed at you 6 gals for kicking major ass out there!

Missy said...

All I can say is Whoa! Make it to the top and then tuck and roll, tuck and roll!!
I can't wait to hear about it and see some pics. It might have to be added to my bucket list.

Unknown said...

I'm trying to figure out a way to get to Australia for the solar eclipse marathon in November!!

Caroline said...

you are the best.

I cannot week from tomorrow!!!!!

Are you practicing your Pig Latin?

I have never been to Catalina...after almost 12 yrs of living HERE. That is crazy.

My bucket list marathon....that is easy : my 1st one, dont know where it will be but it is that one.

Laurie said...

Wow, that looks fun... especially miles 11-22... it just keeps going up!! Enjoy. :)

Some day I want to do the Leona Divide 50/50 Trail race. Some day sooner, I want to do the Where's Waldo 50 miler here in Oregon. With slightly lower mileage expectations, I'd love to do that race Dawn did through the redwoods in Northern California last year, it looked beautiful.

Gracie said...

Yikes, some climb, but that downhill should make up for it...right?
I don't have a marathon bucket list. Suggestions are welcome though ;-)

Anonymous said...

Must do? Boston.. if I ever get there :)

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