See You Soon

Farewell, sweet internet, I will see you in 8 days!

I'm leaving on vacation (uh....TODAY) and a full week without a word from RoseRunner is a terrible week, so I am stopping in to say please mentally prepare yourself for the loss of one out of the 6,098,832,402,322 things there are to do on the internet next week.  Or you could just browse through the archives to entertain yourself if you are going through withdrawal.

Wait, what--were you thinking that I would go on vacation and have someone do GUEST POSTS while I was gone?? In MY territory?!?  You thought I'd just be like "hey, if you drop by here to read what I have to say, then whether you like it or not today you have to read what this other person has to say"?

Well that's not happening.  Here are some possible reasons why I am not having guest posts this week ahead:
a) guest posts are the stupidest invention in the whole blog world;
b) guest posts are only good when they are rants by people I already like to read on another blog that I already like to read;
c) it didn't occur to me until right now to "maintain" my blog while I was on vacation; or
d) I have no idea who I would ask.   The one time I asked someone if they wanted to do a guest post, I was reeeeejected (I'm looking at you, Pam).

So if you haven't heard, I'm booking it to UTAH, home of beautiful people (go Mormons!), elusive alcohol, everybody's favorite running blogger, and some of the most amazing National Parks (although I think the definition of "National Park" is "amazing").

I don't run very much while on vacation, so I expect maybe two runs, on the shorter side.  Mostly hiking.  Hiking in water.

"The Narrows" Zion National Park.  Sorry for stealing the picture stranger dude.

Before I jet off, I want to mention my future race plan.  Right now I have zero races lined up, but there are a whole bunch that I want to do.  I reaaalllly want to run a marathon, but I'm trying to restrain myself until I really feel like my buttcrease/hip is on the mend.  Half-marathons, on the other hand, are kind of a dime-a-dozen, and the last one I ran didn't bother my body, so sign up I will.

First, I just found out from Page that there is a half-marathon in Pleasanton (where I work!) next Sunday.  How have I not heard of this!?! It is the inaugural race, and I madly want in.  I am giving myself 24 hours to decide whether or not to sign will require me getting up at about 5:30 a.m. the morning after I arrive home from vacation (expected return time is 8:00 p.m. Saturday night).  I could really regret signing up.

Next, when it comes to half-marathons, I am all about convenience.  I reallly don't want to have to get a hotel room, and I really don't want to drive more than 30 minutes the morning of a race.  While scoping out half-marathons in the bay area in the next month or two, the most convenient one is....

See Jane Run.  In early June in Alameda, which is just a 10 minute drive from Oakland.  It starts at a decent time, and is a nice and fairly easy course.  Only problem is, I ran it last year, and I whined up a storm about the bad aspects of the race. 

Me one the left, Katie on the right

Main gripes: too much estrogen-pandering fluff (chocolate and champagne is the theme), terrible crowding at the end of the course and at the finish line area (the line for the coveted chocolate and champagne glass was like 300 deep), and poor organization (the volunteers were sitting down when the front of the pack came by, and weren't giving directions.  I took a wrong turn and lost some time).

Despite all this, I am willing to give it another try because that is just how much I want to run another half marathon and just how lazy I am about driving to a half-marathon that is farther away.  I am also hopeful that they will get rid of the congestion problem when the half meets up with the 5k, and I also think that some real speedsters will show up this year so that I won't have to worry about being in the very front and getting lost.  I could also take a look at the map I guess, WHATEVER.

Other than this race, there is a half-marathon in wine country that a bunch of friends and I are planning on running.  I think in October?   I'd like to be ready for a full marathon by the fall.  In California.  Out of convenience, I'll probably just end up doing CIM again.  Give me recommendations if there is a good northern California one besides CIM for me! (I prefer not San Francisco).

My last thought, for you to ponder until we reconvene, is: what in the world of Carmen Sandiego happened to Jason Mraz? 

The Mr. A-Z I fell for in college
I'm afraid of this one.  He looks like he might talk at me about sustainable cacao and the art of doing yoga while churning your own butter