Thursday, April 21, 2011

Three Things Thursday

1. I've updated by Boston Envy post to include links to race reports (or parts of race reports/preliminary check-ins) and will continue to update as they become available. If you're looking for some inspiration, it's a good place to start! Do you have a Boston Marathon race report that I should add to the list? Please let me know!
(Aron's photo)

2. This deserves special mention: a great big congratulations to Steph over at Steph's 50 Marathon Challenge for completing her 50-state quest at Boston!




3. On Saturday I'm running the Uxbridge "Run for the Diamond" Half Marathon. All participants will be entered in a draw to win a diamond worth $5000 - hence the name. The race takes place at Wooden Sticks Golf Course Club, heading out along country roads, then venturing into the Countryside Preserve Trail System and finally finishing up on the cart paths.



An email came out from the race director yesterday stating:

"The last 7K  of the 1/2 marathon and 10K on the golf cart paths are challenging.  It is a rolling course, with the last 2K being the toughest.  There is a final climb to the finish."

Ouch!! My plan/goal is to run about 11K before to put in 20 miles for the day (I have a habit of doing this), running the half marathon as well as 5K of the warm-up at goal marathon pace (26K/16mi total MRP). I'm expecting it to be a challenge, especially at the tail end of the half given the warning above. My ultimate goal, of course, is to practice some pacing and finish strong win the diamond.


Happy Easter and have a great long weekend!

31 comments:

5 Miles 2 Empty said...

I hope you win the diamond!!! That would seriously be AWESOME!!!!

And wow!! Stephanie is pretty much AMAZING!!! So stinking COOL!!!

Happy Easter to you too!!!

Good luck this weekend!!

Vanessa @ Gourmet Runner said...

I hope you run your tail off and then happen to win the diamond. What an awesome idea for a race!
:)

cathylindsay said...

Oh ya Marlene, you've got this, the diamond is yours. Hills, what hills you are a machine on hills. Good Luck girl. Can't wait to see your diamond!!

Aneta said...

have fun and good luck! i contemplated doing that race too. cant wait to hear about it!

Laura said...

A DIAMOND run...how do I not know about this?? Have a great run and fingers crossed for some serious run bling.

Jen said...

I hope you win that diamond.

kristen said...

Ouch. That does not sound like a fun course- but it WILL make you stronger. Strong like a diamond :)

Gaspegirl said...

Good luck on winning that diamond!

Make it a great day

Denise said...

can i have the diamond if you win it? :-)

Runners Fuel said...

Good luck on the race this weekend!!

B.o.B. said...

Good luck with the race AND with that diamond. How cool is that?

Amy said...

Your races always make me miss home! I grew up in Mississauga, went to university in Hammertown, and Uxbridge marked the half way point to the cottage when I was a kid. I can't believe that town has a race, let alone one with a diamond!! Good luck!

Jill said...

Good luck with the half and I hope you win that expensive diamond!!!

Gotta Run..Gotta Ride said...

Running on golf course cart paths are NO JOKE. I have only attempted this once. Nothing but rollers.

Be smart girl....go for the diamond.

Allison said...

Wow, I wish races around here offered diamonds! Hope you win!

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

You are crazy insane running before you race to add extra mileage. So dedicated. You deserve that diamond!

misszippy said...

Ok, for this race time is not important--winning diamonds is! ; ) Hope you enjoy it. A great way to get in another 20.

Heather said...

Go for the diamond! Have a great weekend, and good luck on the run.

J said...

Good luck this weekend with your long run/half marathon! That sounds like such a fun race! I hope you win the diamond!

fancy nancy said...

Holy a diamond!!! I took a pic of the girl who ran her 50th race!!!! I had it in a post but it went haywire....am going to try another post! I'm glad to know her name now!

ajh said...

Happy Easter and aren't you sweet to do those links!

Tricia said...

good luck!

Nicole said...

super super cool! :) good luck and enjoy yourself! :)

Char said...

You get to do interesting events.Running around a golf course - you're bound to have nice views of manicured lawns. But I hope they stop all golf while the events on. You wouldn't want to be in the firing line.

destination262 said...

Oh good luck Marlene! Sounds like a fun race! :) And I hope you win big!

Richelle said...

I hope you win that diamond! That would be awesome!

Beth said...

Good luck with the race and I hope you win! Do they tell you at the beginning or the end? Have a great weekend!

MCM Mama said...

Talk about running for bling! Good luck!

dietitianontherun.com said...

Finally a race that really offers some BLING ;) Have fun tomorrow, run strong!!

Kelly (She Wears a Red Sox Cap) said...

OOo, good luck! I hope you win it!!!

lilmeg said...

What an awesome race! Get that diamond! I want to see it next weekend.