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!