Two Weeks Down, 16 to Go for KeyBank Vermont City Marathon

Written by Amy Miller O'Toole on . Posted in Outdoor Rec and Nature

My running buddies and I wearing Skida hats. Skida is a local company that caters to the cross-country community and makes hats, headbands and scarves. I love the patterns and have gotten all my workmate/runner buddies one of these. I can’t recommend them enough. I have stayed warm enough in a Skida headband through this last cold spell. You should try one, you’ll be hard-pressed to ever run into anybody else wearing the same pattern.

Two weeks of training down, 16 weeks to go before the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon. In the mean time, I can’t wait for the day that 12 miles seems like a cakewalk. It will come, but it seems a long way off right now. At this point, I am just trying to get through an easy nine — although it definitely makes training easier having co-workers who are friends to train with.

Coming up on my schedule is Half at the Hamptons. This is a half-marathon that starts in Hampton Beach, N.H., and meanders through some other little towns, finishing down a majestic couple of miles along the ocean. This will be my fourth year competing in this event, which is put on by Loco Running (they also put on the Stowe 8 Miler). Loco does some fun race partnering with Smuttynose Brewing for after-race revelry. To prepare, last weekend my training buddies and I did a nine-mile run. We ran the Stowe 8 Miler course plus an extra mile. After our run, we decided to try a new restaurant: Piecasso. The new addition at this Stowe favorite is beautiful. We opted for a couple of pizzas and drinks.

I have also signed up for a new challenge, the Green Mountain Relay, a 200-mile relay race being held in June. I have run in the 100 on 100 Relay the last two years (a race that covers 100 miles on Vermont Route 100) with my team, A Dozen Legs on the Lam. We run the costume stage of the race in lady prisoner costumes!

Half our team from 100 on 100, plus our devoted driver (my husband Tom) will be upping the ante from our past experience. Originally my friend Helen had started putting together the typical 12-person team, and I thought, ugh, 12 people, two vans, with long stretches — like 10 hours — between each leg or runner section. I sent her a message and said, why don’t we do the ultra, as in just six runners? And as a bonus, we could then put “ultra” after our name! I knew Helen could do it; she ran the Disney Goofy Challenge, which is a Saturday half-marathon, followed by a Sunday full marathon. She agreed, and we had a team. I must say that I’m a little nervous about all the night running, but hey, that’s also what a challenge is all about.

Well the running has been good, I wish I cold say more for skiing. Oh well, you can’t have it all, I suppose. Until next time. …

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