I have run one half marathon in my short running career and that half marathon was the best race that I have ever run. I loved the NYC Marathon but I ran like crap, when I ran the Surftown half marathon last September I feel that I was in peak running shape. As I have thought more and more about running four half marathons in six months I have become more and more excited about the challenge that is in front of me.
I have already signed up for the Providence Half Marathon which will be held on May 4th. This is the first leg of the triple crown and a race that I'm really looking forward to running. The second leg, the Jamestown Half Marathon on July 12th could be very interesting. July is a mean month that could bring high temperatures and high humidity, I'm wired differently and love that weather but have only run a race of ten miles in such conditions. The third leg will be the most difficult, I will run the Surftown Half Marathon in September because of my love for that race. That will only give me one month to prepare and recover to run the third leg of the triple crown in Newport on October 12th. It will be a huge test but a test that I plan on completing.
Why do the triple crown? The final race is on October 12th, a day after Leanne and I celebrate our sixth wedding anniversary. I can imagine Leanne won't be to happy that I will be running (she often does not know what I will be blogging about until it is posted) but the truth is that I'm running for her. I know this is old hat but if it wasn't for Leanne I wouldn't be alive or have anything to live for. I WILL cross the finish line of all three half marathons and nothing will stop me, when I receive this medal I will immediately hand it over to Leanne. I run and bike so I live a long and healthy life so I can be with her until I'm 100. I know that it won't be the best anniversary gift but I don't like to be normal and I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate. (Hopefully she forgets all about what I just wrote and is surprised when I explain why the medal is hers.)