Tuesday, August 30, 2011


Ok,  I've done it.  I registered for the Maine Marathon, the half version, on October 2.  Phew.  It was beginning to get full so I figured I'd better register before they closed registration.  This way I can race, but if I'm not ready then I don't have to.  Who am I kidding?  Even if I'm not ready, I'll still go and try.

After my bonk last Friday, I had two unplanned days of rest.  Saturday was busy with family stuff and Sunday, Irene was supposed to knock us all out.  I probably could have run on Sunday but I was a bit scared to in case it did get bad.  (It never did.)  Last night I got a quick 5 miles in and it was easy and nice.  I guess all that rest really did help.  Hmmm.  Maybe there is something to this 'rest' thing.

One small weird thing I have to confess about this 1/2 marathon thing.  I almost didn't register for this race because I found out that there are a bunch of people that I know from our area that are doing it.  I was kinda hoping that this 1/2 marathon thing would be just mine.  Self-centered, unrealistic, I know.  But I really don't want to see people I know, friends even, at the race and feel like I need to keep up, or try to beat them or whatever.  I just wanted to run my own race without any thoughts of anyone else in my head.  Now, I feel like people are going to ask or want to know, who beat who, who came in first, who had the better time, whatever.  Is that the stupidest thing ever?  Maybe it's just my weirdness.  Clearly, it's just my weirdness.   Does anyone else ever think that way too?

Tomorrow is the first day of school for the kiddos.  I'm excited for a new year to start, but not so excited to begin the getting-up-and-getting-out-the-door-by-7 a.m-thing.  It is quite a process with 3 kids.  I should plan on making lunches tonight to make it easier on myself tomorrow morning.  Good idea in theory, whether it actually happens, we'll see.

I can't wait to share with you my end of month totals!  My running totals thus far have me shocked!  More coming on Thursday. :)

School started in your neck of the woods?  Sad?  Glad?

Any other weirdos who worry about racing against people you know?
Do tell!  Share with me your weirdness, so I don't feel alone. :)


Haley @ Climb Run Lift Mom said...

Congrats on registering for the 1/2!!!! That's so awesome :) Don't let others take that accomplishment away from you. Good luck with it!
School started here Monday, nice to have some quiet during the day :)

Christi said...

First, congrats on taking the leap. I am sure you will have fun!

Second, school has started for my son. He moved out about two weeks ago and he is "supposedly" going to class. We will have to take his word for it now.

Third, I think the same way you do sometimes about races. And then sometimes the people there I know the better. I guess generally it depends on how important the race is to me.

Tough Chik said...

I totally understand where you are coming from with the half marathon. I chose my first tri to be obscure so if I make a fool out of myself, no one will be there to witness it!

I am super competitive and sometimes I like to train by myself so I won't be tempted to over do it. So if you are weird, then I AM TOO!

Lisa said...

Congrats on your race registration! I had a really good race when I ran the Maine 1/2 a number of years ago. I hope you have a great day!

I totally get the "wierdness" topic. It can be fun to run a race as part of a bigger group, but not if there's a feeling of pressure or too much competitiveness. I'm more of a solo runner anyway, so tend to just do my own thing by nature.

You're oh so normal :)

Carrie said...

Not weird at all! It's so easy to get competitive even if you don't want to. I think it's tougher when it's a race that others may have done before and it's your first time, but at the same time it's nice to have support of people you know. I felt that way with the Beach to Beacon this year. A bunch of people I know ran a great race and PR'd and asked me if I did (I didn't...pretty sure I bonked at mile 3). But hey, it was only my second 10K and I only run 10-15 miles a week so I had to keep it in perspective.

You're going to do great!