How Far Will I Go?


To qualify for the Boston Marathon? Would you believe Alaska?
It’s official. I’m entered in the Humpy’s Marathon in Anchorage on August 17th. The race is named for Humpy’s Great Alaskan Ale.

As I mentioned earlier, I met the race director, Mike, at the Boston Marathon. He made me an offer I couldn’t refuse – a flat course with some gentle rollers and less than a few hundred participants. After the Nike Women’s Marathon with 6,200 feet of climbing and about 20,000 participants, this is more like it.

He did warn me that if I see any bear or moose, particularly accompanied by their young, that I should yield the course to them. There may be horizontal rain. And there will definitely be some headwinds as the course makes its way out to Cook Inlet.

They say that ice is the best recovery after a marathon. So the day after the race, I’ll take a sightseeing glacier boat tour. If I'm lucky, I’ll see something as spectacular as this – though it may be too warm in August. I never imagined I’d go to Alaska ever. It wasn't even on my short list of places to go. And yet, it seems like it'll be the perfect escape. After everything I’ve been through the past year, I’m ready for a new adventure – especially if it helps me fulfill an old dream.