This is an eventful year for the Viper and his Enthusiast. The summer has blurred past. Weekends book up faster than a sleazy motel on prom night. Or at least as fast as the hotel block we reserved for our wedding night, which turned out to be a popular choice for others planning their nuptials and also precedes the Cleveland Browns' home and season opening game. Yes, the days are packed.
Thus, it may not be a surprise that some weekends have been double-booked. Consider the Aug. 27-28. That Saturday is when my groomsmen have planned for my bachelor party, a night of bar hopping and Cleveland Indians baseball. That Sunday is the Buckeye Half Marathon, my yearly tune-up for Akron and perhaps favorite race. See what I mean? Packed.
I don't want to miss the race, but it will take discipline. I will need a solid hydration plan, a conservative race approach, a firm constitution, and perhaps a ride to the race.
The Buckeye Half starts at 8 a.m., which is conveniently later than most races. However, I'll be in Cleveland over night, not just around the corner like I would be if I were at home. Logistics are going to be a pain in the rump.
However, having a race the next morning will hopefully save me from drinking myself under the table and spending the next several days cowering from an incessant pounding right between the eyeballs. Hopefully.