Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Adding to the Schedule

Judging by the receipt in my inbox 25 minutes ago, I'll be running the half marathon at Grandma's this year. They determine the 4500 participants in the half through a lottery. This year was the second year I've tried to get in. The first (2006? can't remember exactly), I really, really wanted to get in. And didn't. This year, I was sort of ambivalent.

On the one hand, I want to replace last year's mostly crappy experience at Grandma's (when I ran the full) with a positive one. On the other hand, the race is about a month after my marathon in Green Bay. I've never turned around and ran a half that soon after running a full before, so I'm a little bit nervous. Also, I'm going to avoid the whole hotel/lodging chaos and just drive to Duluth the morning of the race. It's only an hour away, and there are plenty of places to park and take a shuttle to the start. But the 6:30 a.m. start time means I'll be getting up at oh, 3:00 in the morning. And while I do that often to shove the Nuk back in Sophie's mouth, I don't usually stay up and go run 13.1 miles.

At any rate, now that I know I'm in and have had about 28 minutes to get used to the idea, I'm already getting completely pumped. Marathon training has been going really well and I hope to retain the fitness I gain from the marathon and have a great half. And, my friend Cheryl is in too, so I won't be there alone.

I better get to bed so I can get up early and run. I'm going to need all the training I can get!

14 comments:

I Run for Fun said...

You go girl! A half-marathon a month after a marathon? You are hard-core!

Run Mommy said...

You are hard core.. very impressive!

The Happy Runner said...

Awesome! Glad you're pumped. I hope the training continues to go well.

RunWithMe said...

Good luck with Grandma's! You can do it even if you have to get up at 3am.

Running Through Life said...

You certainly are tenacious to run the half a month after the full marathon. Good Luck, I am sure you will do great!

Xenia said...

You can definitely do it! And running the HM after the marathon will make it seem so easy. Comparatively, of course. :)

D10 said...

Congrats on the lottery. I am sure you will have make great memories this time around.

tfh said...

Very cool that you got in and that the ambivalence is slowly turning to excitement. It sounds like fun to me, and it's nice that it's driving distance, even if it means getting up ridiculously early!

Marlene said...

I think one month later will be a good amount of time to recover and still maintain peak fitness. Cool!!!

MCM Mama said...

Cool that you got in! YOu'll totally be able to do that short ;o) of a distance with no problem after your marathon training.

aron said...

awesome!!! you will do great, you can always just run it for fun too depending how you are feeling post marathon.

Ali said...

that's great! it will keep you motivated after the full and you'll be in peak condition.

Carly said...

Congrats! I will be there cheering for you.

theloosemoose said...

What fun! I've never run a half, but it's definitely on my to-do-list.