Have I mentioned that Dean Karnazes and Bart Yasso are co-hosts of the Kaua'i Marathon? Not only am I running my first marathon in Hawaii but I also get to meet two enormously inspiring and incredibly accomplished (and mostly crazy) athletes. I will likely be incoherent, I'm not so good with these things. At least I won't be dressed in an Elvis suit.
Dean's books always make me want pizza, but regardless of all the fun they had, neither author makes me want to run naked. Anywhere. Ever.
I had just started running before I read these books and each time I had the pleasure of discovering another one they made me believe in myself. I went out and ran farther than I ever thought I could. I mean seriously, a marathon? Me? THIS IS YOUR FAULT GUYS! Don't worry, I'll remember that at the finish line too.
Since it's all becoming real, this week I did an online Sherlock Holmes of The Kaua'i Marathon and found all this stuff:
- The Full course splits from the Half around mile 11 after gaining 251m. Both courses pass through a one hundred year old 'tunnel of trees' first. It is uphill.
- The Full offshoot section resembles a giant lollipop and has 421m elev gain. Lollipop Mountain!
- I found a blog where the runner tweeted every mile about how she was feeling. I'll be lucky if I can remember to eat.
- Allegedly, Full runners have arrived at the course split, noticed the impending hill, changed their minds and done the Half.
- The course photographers cunningly camp out at the top of big hills.
- Allegedly, Dean Karnazes announced at the start one year 'if you're running the Half have a great day, if you're running the Full prepare to die'. Bart Yasso should announce the race this year :)
- I'm not the only person crazy enough to do this as their first marathon.
- The Finish line is right at the beach, oh yes please.