While I don't find running boring, I find it can get a little monotonous. That's why things like the Warrior Dash I ran last fall and the Ragnar Relay I'm running this fall (slots still available... come run it with us!) are so appealing; they're different, a change of pace. But there's one thing I've always wanted to try buy have been too chicken to: multiple race challenges.
Sometimes some races will have a half marathon on Saturday and then a marathon on Sunday and if you run them both you get a special "Kiss me, I'm psychotic!" medal or something. I know they do it at Disney World, for one. I've always been really leery of doing something like that because when I race I tend to leave it all out there, and if I run my hardest for 13.1 miles on Saturday there's no way I'd be in any kind of shape to run 26.2 on Sunday. Or vice versa.
But the race I'm training for now, the Frederick Half Marathon, has introduced something called the Nut Job Challenge. You go out there at 7:00am to run the half marathon, and then at 12:00pm line up again and run the midday 5K. There's no marathon associated with Frederick anymore, so this is about as hardcore as you can get there this year. And I'm thinking about it. Because while I don't think I can run a half marathon and a marathon over a weekend, I think I can trudge through a measly 3.1 miles after finishing 13.1 a few hours earlier.
Sometimes you feel like a nut, and sometimes you do... (image via)
I've run Frederick a couple times in the past, and it is pretty conducive to a challenge like this. You can park on site, which means you can dry off, clean up, change clothes (and shoes) at your car (at a minimum) and head out for the 5K feeling about as fresh as is possible under the circumstances. I don't see me setting any records for myself at the 5K, and I'm a little worried that I'd be holding back a little during the half marathon knowing I'll have another race to run in a few hours, but it's different, it's challenging, and, to me, it's definitely not boring.
Huh. I think I just talked myself into it...