This weekend I am getting the chance to cross off one of my bucket list races: TheMissoula Half Marathon. Ever since Runner’s World deemed this race one of the best in the nation I have wanted to run it. Unfortunately, the weekend has never worked with my schedule until this year. When my bestie Cassie mentioned that her and her running partner were looking for a July half marathon to run I immediately suggested Missoula. Missoula typically is sold out in early June so I started stalking the website to see how many entries were available. When the race hit 95% full we all bit the bullet and registered. Registering really only meant one thing:
Cassie and Jen arrived in Spokane last night. It was so great to see both of them and catch up. I know I just saw them last month, BUT it really is lame to leave so far away from some of your favorite people. Today will I am at work (BOO!!!) they are on fur-babysitting duty and enjoying the sunshine. I am hoping that my workday goes by fast……
We will leave for Missoula tomorrow morning which is about a 3-4 hour drive from Spokane. Once we get into town the plan is to get our race stuff out of the way, check into the hotel and then check out some of the local breweries. Missoula is known for making some great local beer and I am excited to check it out! I am looking forward to visiting Big Sky Brewery (love their IPA) and a couple of additional places that were suggested to me.
Missoula will be HOT and the race might be a struggle for most people (even me!) due to the elevation. Spokane sits at about 2600 feet and I believe that Missoula is about 3400 feet. The race starts at 6 am, which is technically 5 am for all of us on PST so it will be a
rude early wake up call. Hopefully we will
be done before it heats up too much!!!
I have no race plan or strategy. Just using this as another fun run and a chance to help prepare myself for both Ragnar next weekend and Spokane to Sandpoint in August.
I hope that everyone has a fabulous weekend!