Yesterday, I was browsing on line many calendars of running events around Hawaii and I fell upon this little gem: HANA RELAY. Go ahead. Check out the link.
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Yes, you read that right... 52 miles, 617 curves, and over 56 bridges...
It's a 6 person relay over 52 miles. The race is broken up into 18 legs, with each person running 3 legs. So all in all, it's about 8.66667 miles per person, 2.888889 miles per leg (yes, I'm an accountant).
So I posted on FB that I was really feeling this race. I thought about one of my childhood friends who is ULTRA supporive and likes to be active and how we have a few mutual friends who are runners and that they'd love to do something like this and how it's going to be so awesome to run this with my friends and and and and and....
After I posted, that same friend commented that she doesn't think she could do something like that. In about 2 comments, I had convinced her to join me AND ask two more friends PLUS one of their moms!
Yesterday, when walking around Ala Moana Beach Park, I asked another friend if she'd be interested and she said YES! She runs A LOT and I was so stoked to have friends support me in this.
If you've never been to Hawaii, there's this place on Maui called Hana. It is a beautiful town and the drive there is just as pretty, complete with streams and waterfalls and rainforest. Lots of rainforest.
And we will be running through it all. In costumes. With a decorated van. YESSSSSS!
So my friend posted the link (see above) to our mutual friends' page and 28 comments later, we had our team: Me, JenJen, Leah, Leah's mom (who apparently wakes up one morning and decides to run a marathon), Roberta, and Kelly (still kinda undecided, but I'm signing her up anyway. who can turn down costumes???)
It's in September, so I have 6 months to get ready. I got this.
On another note, today was Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras, International Women's Day, and Malasada Day. Don't know what a malasada is? It's a Portuguese dessert- like a fried doughnut without the hole, rolled in sugar... crispy on the outside, warm, soft and fluffy on the outside. click HERE.
While I did not have any malasadas, I did stuff my face today... And seriously? There is no need for an International Women's Day. I am a woman. I am awesome. I celebrate this everyday.