Saturday, January 26, 2008

GUESS I'M NOT RUNNING THIS ONE...



Following a link on Nancy's blog, I found out that professional triathlete Amanda Lovato is running a half marathon in Austin this weekend.

Hmmm, could be a good training run and I wouldn't be alone and so bored. It's the 3M Half Marathon, one of a series of prep races leading up to the Austin Marathon on Feb. 17.

I should have known.


Raceday registration (the only option left) is $90. So typical here, Deep In The Heart of Excess.

I need new running shoes more. Or a new pair of bike shorts to ease up the saddle pressure that contributes to the ache in my lower pelvic bones when I run.

What I'm planning instead, and maybe I won't be alone, who knows, is to drive to the marathon finish, run the last 9 or 10 miles backwards, then turn around and run back to the finish. Then I'll have run the last miles of the marathon and feel encouraged when I come to familiar landmarks. This was helpful to me the 5 times I ran the Columbus Marathon. "Oh, yeah, I know this place, I know where I am, I know what's ahead, I can do this!"

1 comment:

bunnygirl said...

I hate that-- finding out about a cool race when it's too late to get a halfway reasonable registration fee.

A big part of why I don't race often at the shorter-than-marathon venues is that I can run 13 miles for free, thankyouverymuch.

You're right about familiar territory, though. It's what I like about the Houston marathon-- the last six miles are all on home turf and I know every tree, every building and every bump in the road.