My wife is super amazing and supportive (and sneaky). Without her I wouldn't be able to even try this goofy little quest for a marathon in every state. Heck if I just wanted to run a lot of marathons there are more than enough options just here in the southern half of California to fill up each year. But that is not the topic at hand.
Last Wednesday was my birthday and as usual a week or so before my birthday my wife asked me what I wanted. I told her I could use some new short sleeved shirts for work (exciting stuff, I know). But she being the super supportive one asked me about marathons - "wasn't there something somewhere you could do between now and Marine Corps?" She was worried that I was only going to get in two marathons this year and one of them wasn't really a state.
I got on line and checked the marathonguide.com calendar. The states that looked interesting in August and September were Alaska, Montana or Wyoming. I convinced here that I probably shouldn't push my luck with the foot and that I really could use some shirts. The then asked me about a race in December. I had mentioned a while ago that Joe and Wes were running it and it would be fun to join them. I told her that since the registration for that one was very reasonable, why didn't I just wait to see how things went, and I really could use some shirts.
Well, on Wednesday evening after we got home from Red Robin (my FREE Bleu Ribbon Burger hit the spot), Lisa gave me my birthday gift. She handed me a bag that looked too small for shirts, but with Lisa you never know. It could have been an IOU or a gift certificate. I'm not the easiest guy to shop for, so that seemed reasonable.
The gift was a series of folded sheets of paper with a specific order for opening. The first was registration for a marathon. The second was air fare to said marathon. The third was a string of emails to a fellow blogger working out all the details. It turns out wife had already researched marathonguide.com, my blog, my saved emails, a certain marathon's website and had worked in cahoots with Joe to get me to the Rocket City Marathon in Huntsville, Alabama. She had taken care of all this before the conversation we'd had about shirts.
So 6 weeks after MCM, I will be heading to state number 11 thanks to my super amazing, super supportive and super sneaky wife. I couldn't "fly" without her.
Joe and Wes I hope to see you at the start and finish line at Rocket City! I guess I'll have to go buy my own short sleeved shirts.
As for this week's mileage, I hit the goal on the dot at 22. I did every run planned just shuffled around a bit. Next week, things ramp back up a little to 29 miles. I've got a quick trip up to Portland on early in the week and hope to get a run in up there on Tuesday night.