I've done it again . . . I've signed up for another half marathon (and I haven't even done the first one!). What am I thinking????
Can I blame peer pressure? Nope, this one was all me! Well, I'm still going to blame "C" a little because a few months ago she loaned me the Women's Running magazine (if you're not a subscriber you're totally missing out - it's a fantastic magazine!!!!!) that featured this racing series (there's one in Nashville, one in Tempe, and one in St.Petersburg).
"C" and I (maybe we can still talk "L" into it, though she was pretty solidly in the HECK NO! column) are going to do the Women's Half Marathon in St. Petersburg, Florida on Sunday, November 21st. This is most definitely the furthest away race I will have ever done - but no worries, "C" is a professional race traveler (I'm guessing she would completely disagree with that statement). She's been to Indy, I think twice, and even did the Walt Disney Half this past March. Since that's way more than I've done - she gets to wear the professional's hat.
I've already bought our plane tickets - got a pretty good deal on them (yeah!) - though I did buy the insurance . . . just in case. I already registered for the race which was $102 with fees (yikes! - good thing they have a cool palm tree medal and cookie cafe waiting for me at the finish line!). "C" is going to look into hotels for us.
I will say I'm a teeny tiny bit bummed because I'm fairly certain that I'll be missing the very awesome Fox Island 5K in FW - that's a really nice event!!! It's a trail run, and it's so beautiful and well organized. If you've never done that one, it's a definite must do! It comes just 2 weeks after the W.O.O.F. race at the Ouabache State Park (Wells County, IN) which is another amazing trail race (a 5.3 mile loop, a 15.9 mile relay, or a 15.9 individual race) which also should be on your "must run" list - this year the WOOF is on Saturday, November 6th. More on the WOOF later.
The Women's Half Marathon is the same day as "L"'s birthday. Hey readers - don't you think she should do the race? Leave a comment and tell her how much you think it's an awesome idea (she reads this blog daily). I think if enough people tell her it's a good idea, she might change her mind and join us (I really hope so, it would be sooooo much fun!)
I was suppose to do a 3 mile easy run this evening on my own. Everyone knows I'm not very good at running on my own. Well, I waited around work hoping the motivation to run would sweep over me . . . instead, I got sidetracked signing up for the race and then finding cheap airfare and now . . it's storming. I'm not sure that either are a good excuse, but training isn't going to happen for me today (sorry to disappoint you "C").