In just over a week, I’ll be running the craziest races of my life. It’s not so much that the races themselves are crazy, but rather the time frame between them. See, I’m running the New Years Double – a half marathon on New Years Eve, and another half marathon on New Years Day. Yikes.
Initially, I wasn’t going to do either of the races… I had my heart set on running the Santa Hustle in Galveston this past Saturday. For a variety of reasons, that didn’t happen. My friend Lisa, who blogs over at Whisky Baker, is flying to Dallas from CANADA!!! to run this race (er, these races), and asked me if I’d be willing to go to packet pickup and get her race bibs & goodies since she wouldn’t be in town for it. I agreed. Then decided that if I was going to go to packet pickup anyway, I should register for one day of the event.
And then I saw the bling.
(photo blatantly stolen from the race FB page here)
The two daily medals become the gears on the large “challenge plate” which measures 6″ or more!
So I registered for both days. I couldn’t pass up the bling.
For the most part, I’ve kind of followed the training plan. I’ve been pretty good about doing back-to-back long runs on the weekends. I have not been good about getting in my weekday runs. But I’m never good about weekday runs during the school year. As a result, I feel like I’m pretty undertrained. Thankfully the course limit is 6 hours or more (there’s also a marathon option) so I shouldn’t have any issues finishing on New Years Day, even if I walk some. Or a lot.
If I complete both races, which I’m sure I will, I’ll qualify for Half Fanatics, too. At level 4 (Jupiter). There’s probably no way I’ll ever qualify for Half Fanatics any other way, and certainly not at this level. So there’s that, too.
How do you handle it when you’re undertrained for a race? What’s the shortest time frame you’ve ever had between two races? Are you a Half Fanatic or Marathon Maniac?