A few summers ago, while resting an injury and daydreaming of a time when I would be whole once again and running with reckless abandon, I posted about my bucket list races – races that sounded so awesome to me at the time that I decided I would do my darndest to run them someday (you can read the posts here and here). The list included:
- James Joyce Ramble 10K
- Maine Lobster Festival 10K
- Oxford Half Marathon
- Great North Run
- Boston Marathon
- London Marathon
- Yorkshire Marathon
- Santa Rosa Marathon/Half
- Rock n Roll New Orleans (or any RNR) Marathon/Half
The reasons for wanting to run these particular races varied from “I was an English major and am still a literature nerd and this race sounds awesome” (James Joyce Ramble) to “OMG an excuse to travel to England” (4 of the 9) to “The course looks beautiful, and also wine” (Santa Rosa).
At the time, the list felt definitive. I was injured and sad, and these races were a way for me to dream my way back to fitness. Or something. Now? Meh… there are still several on that list I’d love to run someday (Boston, London, Oxford Half), but I don’t feel the need to keep the list definitive. I don’t think I’d be sad if I never ran a Rock n Roll race, for example.
That said, I’ve finally signed up for one of my bucket list races, so I can finally put a check mark on my not-so-definitive-but-still-cool list: the James Joyce Ramble!
Because I’m feeling list-y today, here is why I am particularly excited to run this race:
- I’m an English/literature nerd. It’s a race in honor of an author. Performers read Joyce’s works on the course as the runners go by. I will be in my nerdy glory.
- It’s in Dedham, which means I’ll get to check another town off my map.
- Some of my favorite Shammies will also be running it, and I love me some Shammies bonding!
- I like the 10K distance and have been wanting to run more 10K races.
- Checking anything off my races bucket list is pretty exciting, whether the list is definitive or not!
Now I just need to keep my fingers crossed that I can keep my various wonky body parts in line so that I can actually run the Ramble!
Do you have any Bucket List races? Have you ever run one of them?
Have you ever run a themed race for something you’re proudly nerdy about?