After meeting my running group for a great Happy Hour on Wednesday night (about 30 of us showed up), I finally got myself convinced: my first run of 2010 will be the Shamrock Half Marathon in VA Beach. It’ll happen the weekend after St. Patrick’s Day, and I heard that despite the too-cold-for-beach weather, the race and the festivities are a blast!
That means that the week I come back from my holiday trip to Brazil, training starts. And I am following the same training as the VA Beach Rock n Roll Half this year. That will leave me ready to run the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler two weeks later. And ready to start my marathon training right after that (it seems that my first marathon will be Chicago).
I cannot believe that 2009 is not even over, and I have already signed up for 2 half marathons and a ten miler next year.
Something must be definitely wrong with me!
Oh, and I cannot wait for the schwag from the Shamrock Half:
- Brooks Short Sleeve Podium shirts to all half-marathoners
- Unique Collector’s Item Medal for all races
- On-line Finisher’s Certificate (Final Mile, 13.1 and 26.2)
- Surprise Finisher’s Item (13.1 and 26.2)
- Free Murphy’s Irish Pub Stew
- Plenty of Yuengling Beer
The Shamrock Half? Will also be my second half marathon. The first one since I turned 30. My goal? To be faster than I was at 29. I’m aiming to get slightly faster this next year (we gotta be realistic, right?) so hoping for an 11 min/mile pace, or a finishing time of 2:24.
Of course, I’m typing this while I’m still unable to run. Plantar fasciitis sucks.
But soon? I’ll be back out running. And I cannot wait!