So, there are quite a few UNC fans that read this blog. Sorry guys! I don’t mean to offend anyone. All I’ll say is that I’m very thrilled the Jayhawks are in the Final Four. I’m heading home to Iowa this week and am planning a trip to visit my alma mater over the weekend. I haven’t been back in over 2 years and can’t wait to spend time in one of my most favorite places in the world. That is all.
By the way, I hope you all are excited for some Iowa pictures while I’m back home. Seriously though, there are some really great trails near my parents house so I’m looking forward to the change in scenery. Plus, sometimes my Dad bikes next to me on runs! So much fun. Once, he tried to get me to stop at a beer festival during a 14 miler. Carb loading?
I will also show you that electricity has indeed made it to the Midwest for those of you who haven’t been there and don’t believe me.
Anyway. Guess what!
(No guesses?? Fine.)
I was convinced by Lora and Katherine to sign up for NYRR’s Brooklyn Half-Marathon. It wasn’t very hard to convince me but they definitely pushed me over the race-registration edge as I was debating last minute if I had enough time to train for this event. Which, I might add, opened for registration at noon today and already the website says it’s nearing capacity.
After a few site crashes and multiple refreshes of the webpage, my entry is now secure. It’s my first NYRR race as an actual member…loving the discount!
It may sound like an irrational decision to register for a half-marathon while I’m still celebrating my 4 mile long run. However, I was reminded that I don’t have to RACE it, I can always just use it as another training run. I like framing it that way. Plus, I couldn’t miss out on all the fun! Everyone seems abuzz about this race. I can see why; check out the race map…and the finish:
I’m working on a training plan right now. I’m mixing past plans and some ideas from the Runner’s World Smart Coach program, as well as the knowledge I have on training programs that work for me. I’m not sure how this will go but I’ll surely let you know what I come up with.
Does anyone have any recommendations? I have 8 weeks. Go!
By the way, I’ve been chatting with my good friend Lauren about race belts vs those handheld water bottle holders. What do you guys like? Any specific brand? I hate every belt I’ve tried so far. I’m debating a water bottle “thing” (what are they called?) but she hates them. She’s a big fan of her spi-belt. Thoughts?
Do you have an 8 week half training program? Are you running Brooklyn, too? (If so, we should meet up!) Have you ever run a race without actually “racing”?