If you're reading this Saturday morning, please send me some positive mojo: I'll be running 20 miles as prep for Vancouver Marathon with my steady sidekick, Molly. This is actually the second 20-miler on the Marathon: Own It plan from Train Like a Mother: How to Get Across Any Finish Line - and Not Lose Your Family, Job, or Sanity, but I skipped the final 10K of the first one to go easy on my knee. I'm excited for the run and it's one of my favorite long run routes--it cuts through all four of Portland's major quadrants and includes a great, steady 2-mile climb. (Wait, did I say I'm excited for it!? I meant I'm dreading it...J/K, J/K.)
But if things go haywire, I might be seeing things by the side of the road. More than 1,100 of you wrote in last week about sites you'd envision by the side of the road during a race or tough run. Before getting to the giveaway winner, I want to share with you some vivid responses:
"Hug station manned by men in uniform: marines, army, police officers, firefighters, etc."
"I envision Tatum Channing handing out Twizzlers on a marathon. Candy from some eye candy!"
"I envision Mat Kearney, U2, and Mumford & Sons all following me around on a parade float, serenading me during my entire run while giving me the nod to power on."
"I can imagine Ryan Gosling holding a nice Starbucks iced latte. Yum and yum."
Sensing a theme!? Okay, maybe I cherry-picked those ones because they made me laugh. There were a heartwarming number of family/friends cheering stations. Nice, mother runners.
But now for the mirage--and the gal who dreamed it up--who random.org chose to win a really kickin' pair of natural-running Saucony Mirage 3 kicks:
Tara: "I think the aid station I would like to see is one where a super-fast runner takes over for me for a few miles so my time is improved, and I get a break. That would be nice."
We agree, Tara: That's an appealing daydream to have mid-run. Please email us at runmother [at] gmail [dot] com your full name, mailing address, phone (for shipping purposes), and your running shoe size. Every one else: Here's to happy roadside visions as you run this weekend!