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My Own Race

September 7, 2013

Once a year I like to treat myself to a race all to myself.  (OK, I did it in 2012, and being that it’s 2013, it doesn’t exactly constitute an annual pattern yet, but I like to think that it will become one.)  This is what I do, and it’s not shocking or special.  I sign up for an out-of-town race, book a hotel, and go all by my lonesome self.  No friends, no hubby, no sidekicks.   Right now I’m sitting on a plush couch, in a hotel in the lovely Bethlehem, PA for the Lehigh Valley Via Half Marathon.

Chillin' in a random park in Bethlehem PA.

Chillin’ in a random park in Bethlehem PA.

I love my Ragnar buddies (DC in FOUR WEEKS!) and it’s always fun to have a familiar face waiting for you at the finish line, but these me-races are a whole different breed.  Restful, replenishing, rejuvenating.  (Ok, ask me how I’m feeling 90 minutes into the half marathon tomorrow morning.  I might have a slightly different perspective about the restfulness of race vacations.)

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Hopefully the course won’t have a ton of hills like this. Please?

But for now, it’s like a total me-vacation.  I can geek out at the expo without my husband wondering why I need to look at so many tech shirts.  I don’t need to follow a crowd into a restaurant that I don’t really want to go to.  I just go wherever.   I explore the town, usually with no destination in mind.   Book and water bottle in my backpack.

Library book in my lap = happiness.

Library book in my lap = happiness.

I realize how blessed I am to be able to “waste” an entire hotel room on just yours truly.  (I think I might jump on the bed I’m not going to sleep in just so it gets some use. )  For many people who travel for business, it might not feel so decadent to go on a mini-trip alone, but for me it’s a total hoot.  (I did just use the word hoot, and truth be told, you probably will too in conversation in the next three days.  Go on.  Do it.)   I even considered ordering room service, but that’s going too far.  There looks to be a sweet burrito joint around the corner that I’m going to hit up for my solo dinner before curling up with a book tonight.  (Don’t worry – I’ll order something tame.)

Love this house...

Love this house…  Bethlehem, PA

Catch you on the flipside (of 13.1 miles.)  Here we go!

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. September 7, 2013 6:08 pm

    I love traveling by myself too. It’s nice to do whatever you want to do without having to consult with others.

  2. September 7, 2013 7:06 pm

    I feel less stress when I go to races by myself for some reason.

  3. September 7, 2013 7:21 pm

    I think this is a great idea! Good luck! I’m new to your blog and am really enjoying it. Thanks 🙂 -Sarah

  4. September 8, 2013 11:24 pm

    I read your blog post yesterday, and I’ve been thinking how cool this self-runcation is! I’m so tempted to try this myself sometime!

  5. September 9, 2013 12:29 pm

    What a cool idea! Sometimes having to deal with fellow running club members’ pre-race freakouts, sharing hotel rooms, and having to coordinate everyone’s schedules for an awkward pasta dinner is too much.

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