Monday, February 12, 2007

Antarctica Marathon

Wow, what a month. Its been awhile since my last blog, sorry.

I've been to Arizona for the RnR Marathon, to Disneyworld for the marathon, Toronto to train a great group of marathon coaches and the sunny city of Miami to cheer on my team from Chicago Endurance Sports in the Miami Half Marathon. Its good to be home for a few days and get back to a schedule.

John and I are leaving for Antarctica Sunday night. This is one of my favorite trips and I truly believe it is the closest thing to the moon that we'll ever see. We will be crew for the Antarctica Marathon which is put on by Marathon Tours. 200 runners from all over the world will board a Russian Research ship in Ushuaia, Argentina, the world's southernmost city. It will take over 2 days to get to Antarctica on water and we'll cross the world's most turbulent seas.

This will be my third time on the expedition even though I am not very good on boats. I get seasick in the back of a car! Iget sick every time, but it is so worth it. I can't get enough! The runners will use the ship as the hotel for 10 days. The race is on King George Island on the second day we arrive (if weather permits) and then we set sail to kayak with the whales, site see with penguins, mountains and sea lions... It is the most peaceful trip a runner can take. No phones, no Blackberry, no email or internet. Just nature, a few hundred really nice runners and one of the toughest marathon courses in the world!

I've attached a great photo of the last trip when we hosted a Kayak race and a school of penguins decided to join in and race with us! The penguins are real and are not photoshopped into the picture:) The first year a whale raced in the kayak race. We gave him bib number 1! See you in a few weeks.

Happy Trails,

Coach Jenny

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