Thursday, November 10, 2011
I do not, however, have any policies about half marathons. I try not to run too many races, though, because I think that the more races you run, the more prone you are to injury. So, I try to only do 2-3 half marathons per year.
In 2012, I'm already signed up for both the Walt Disney World Marathon Relay (2 person, so a half marathon) in January and the Ocean City (Maryland) Half Marathon on April 29. I'm planning to run a half marathon in the fall as well.
The dilemma is that my high school friends are getting together to run the Rock & Roll USA Marathon/Half Marathon in DC on March 17. The group that is running is mostly members of my high school's cross country team, and I feel flattered that they've invited me to run with them. I was not on the cross country team in high school - far from it. (side note: I gave some thought to posting a high school picture of myself here, but I chickened out)
So, should I run the race? It's 10 weeks after Disney and 6 weeks before Ocean City, so they are spaced out enough, but something just makes me nervous about doing 3 half marathons in 4 months -- even though I know people do it all the time. There's also the cost factor. I signed up for the Hot Chocolate 15K in December without realizing that I probably will need to book a hotel room. We're obviously spending money to go to Florida for Disney, and I'll probably need a hotel room for Rock & Roll USA.
I admit, if it weren't for my friends running it, I wouldn't even be considering this race. I am not a huge fan of the Rock & Rolls because they're just so big. For half marathons especially, I love a smaller, low key event and after running both the largest half marathon in the US and the largest full marathon in the US in the same year, I can use a little "low key." My friends are all faster than me, so running the race slowly with my friends isn't really an option.
Anyway, there's an 11-11-11 coupon for the Rock & Roll races, so I feel like I need to make a decision. What to do, what to do.
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