Thursday, August 2, 2012

The Great Alaskan Marathon Cruise!!

I really, really, REALLY want to do the Great Alaskan Marathon Cruise in 2013!!!!  This would be the ideal vacation for me - seeing Alaska has been a goal of mine for a very long time, and I love to run trails.  Put those things together and you have the recipe for a dream come true!  Can you imagine how amazingly gorgeous the scenery would be as you run on the trails through Alaska?  And not only would that be terrific, but you also have the opportunity to run with John Bingham (talented runner and you read his articles in Runner's World) and Jenny Hadfield (accomplished athlete and motivational speaker.)  Running alongside the two of them, receiving tips, and exchanging banter would be "frickin fantastic!"  I can almost smell the salty ocean air, feel the crunch of the vast glaciers underfoot, hear the roar of a grizzly in the distance.....mmmmmmmm. Dreaming....
This scenery makes my heart race!

Why dream? Let's make this a reality!  So I have a couple of things to work out first.

How do I finance the trip?  I have a daughter heading to college that same year.  Spending that kind of money on myself at that time in our lives does not seem wise.  Maybe I should consider putting the cruise off until my kids are done with college which will be in about 13 YEARS!!!!  No, this is an opportunity I do not want to put off.  I want to "live in the moment."  You never know what tomorrow will bring.  So here are some options:
  • find a second job (actually it would be a THIRD job!)
  • ask all my friends, FB friends, blog followers, fellow runners, strangers on the street to send me $1- I might get close to what I need!
  • use a credit card to finance it or a little loan
  • Maybe the cruiseline will let me wash dishes or mop the deck to finance the trip????
Second item - who else wants to go???  I will share a room with you!  I don't need much.  You can have first pick of the side of the closet, I don't snore, and I think I am pretty fun to hang out with.  C'mon fellow bloggers- do you have the itch? Walkers, you don't have to be a runner to do this marathon.  Who is going to join me on this fun-filled adventure?

Have I planted a seed of excitement in your head???  You know you want to do it!!!!


  1. that looks very enticing I must say...but so does the carribean one ;)

    do you know someone who has done this before??

  2. I don't know anyone who has ever done this cruise. Wanna join me? When do you go back to school?

  3. We start school after Labor Day...what about you?

  4. ahhhhhh! Grizzlies! My greatest fear!

    Running in Alaska does sound dreamy. I went on a cruise there when I was 12, loved it. How's the elevation? If the grizzlies didn't kill me, I'm sure running at elevation would.

  5. Compared to humid, melting-in-the-sun runs, this sounds like a dream come true right now! I don't think I could talk my husband into it, but I would send you $1!!!:)