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September 14, 2008

Gettin’ ready for numero tres

Filed under: 1/2 marathon,running,training — by heatherdc @ 10:45 pm

In less than 30 days I’ll be running my third half-marathon, in the Baltimore Running Festival. Luckily I found this one over the summer, because there’s already a wait-list. They’re capping the race at 15,000 runners. 15,000!!! Uh, what am I getting myself into???

This is the big leagues. The last two have been around 1,000 people, and I thought that was a lot. Wrong. Soooo wrong. When I registered I put in my “estimated finish time”. Which is really a guess at this point, since the first two were six minutes apart. How about an average? Yesss.

I’m not so pumped about running with 14,999 other people around me. But I am pumped because for the first time, I don’t have to travel!! It’s just a short 20 minute drive. Wonderful. Aaand, it starts at 9:45 a.m.. NOT 6 a.m. like the last one. Gah, that was rough.

Figuring out how to train for this one has definitely been the challenge. Obviously there have been some “learning” experiences while trying to figure out where I even can run around here. I’ve got an idea of which roads I’ll likely get run-over on, and which ones I’ll likely find myself doing improv kick-boxing to teach some punk kid a lesson. I’ve finally found some decent neighborhoods, and started using mapmyrun like it’s my job. Sometimes I have to write the directions on a notecard and stick that into my iPod holder. That’s been interesting… do what ya gotta do.

With 4 weeks to go I’ve definitely never been this prepared. Usually this marks my second “long” run. Instead, I’ve been doing the “long” ones since mid-August, coming off of the training from the last race. That was smart and really dumb at the same time. I learned a valuable lesson: Don’t start running again too soon (after a race). Let yourself heal! I realize that sounds like common sense, but ehhhh, sometimes us runners get carried away.

Anyway. I’m gettin’ there…..



  1. Ooh, sounds fun! I’ve found that the bigger races are actually pretty fun b/c there’s so much great people watching along the way and fabulous crowd support.

    Comment by Sass — September 14, 2008 @ 11:23 pm |Reply

  2. wow – THIRD half marathon. impressive! i was proud of my 33 min 5K 😉

    Comment by ANG* — September 15, 2008 @ 9:54 am |Reply

  3. 3, way to go! The bigger races are more fun. Also, when you want to stop you won’t because there are so many people there and it makes you more competitive. I think you get distracted more, like when you are running with friends. You make me want to sign up for another one. If you ever want to do a full, let me know. Good luck!

    Comment by jessica — September 15, 2008 @ 3:08 pm |Reply

  4. That’s amazing! I’m sure you’ll kick butt.

    Comment by Megkathleen — September 15, 2008 @ 3:42 pm |Reply

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