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Friday, January 27, 2012

11 Random Things About Me

I was tagged twice for this one -- which is crazy because I rarely get tagged for anything! :)  Anyway, Lindsay and Kandi both tagged me. Here we go.

Here are the rules:

  1. Post these rules
  2. You must post 11 random things about yourself
  3. Answer the questions set for you in their post 
  4. Create 11 new questions for the people you tag to answer 
  5. Go to their blog and tell them you’ve tagged them
  6. No stuff in the tagging section about you are tagged if you are reading this. You legitimately have to tag 11 people! I don't have 11 people to tag, sorry.
Part One: 11 Random Things About Me
  1. I don't like ordering a gyro because I want to pronounce it "JI-RO" and apparently it's pronounced "HEE-RO." I just can't come to terms with that. But, they're delicious.
  2. My sister Sharon once worked at a local theme park as a dancer in one of the shows there. I spent one summer blissfully going to work with her a couple of days a week and either hanging backstage, or in the lazy river, or by the wave pool. I didn't really ride rides, though.
  3. I chose Information Systems instead of Computer Science as a degree in college specifically because I did not want to be a full time programmer as a career. After college, I've spent my entire career as a programmer.
  4. The skin on the top of my right shoulder is dark in color as if it is a birth mark, but I wasn't born with it. It appeared in middle school and my only explanation for it is that was caused by carrying a heavy bookbag on only one shoulder (which was "cool").
  5. I've recently started playing World of Warcraft. I was convinced to do so by my co-workers.
  6. I once got in an argument with my sister Shelly over whether we were going to watch Footloose or Purple Rain. I wanted Footloose.
  7. I have an unnatural love of the movie Overboard.
  8. My dream race is to run the Big Sur Marathon.
  9. I have been getting my hair highlighted since 2001, and it seems the some people think I'm naturally a blond. Even with my highlights, I don't think I look blonde. My natural color is dark brown.
  10. There are very few things that I won't eat, but liver is one of them. Bleh, disgusting. I can't even smell it.
  11. I once met author Tom Clancy, but didn't recognize him. He is from Annapolis, and so am I. He came into the Suncoast Motion Picture company store where I worked and I sold him some laserdiscs (ugh, I am old). I did a hard sell on our frequent buyer program and I was trying so hard to convince him it was a good buy and was going to save him soo much money, that I didn't look at his credit card or anything. The thing is, I knew what Tom Clancy looked like and that he lived in the area, but it's not as easy to recognize an author as it as a movie or TV star, and when you're not expecting someone to be famous, you just don't pay attention. He did not purchase Clear and Present Danger, which was his latest movie for sale at the time.
And now Kandi's Questions:

  1. What is the last thing you took a picture of?
    It's been a while, so I had to check my phone. It was actually back on January 15, I took this photo of Todd and our nephew Josh as I dropped them at the light rail. They were going down to the stadium to see the Ravens play in the playoffs.
  2. If you eat eggs, what is your favorite way to make them?
    I usually just do your basic fried egg, but I also enjoy poached and scrambled. Like Julia Roberts in Runaway Bride, I also like Benedict. As Todd and I discussed earlier this week, I really hate soft boiled eggs.
  3. What is your favorite board game?
    Apples to Apples!
  4. Do you prefer dogs, cats, or some other pet?
    Cats!
  5. Kandi's list has no number 5!
  6. Cake or pie?
    Cake. Cake is one of the best foods in the world.
  7. If you could move anywhere in the world, where would it be?
    Todd and I have discussed this so many times. If I had to keep my career, it would be Florida. If I didn't have to worry about finding a job, I would try the Caribbean such as Belize or Bonaire, or go crazy and move to Bali.
  8. If you could go on vacation anywhere in the world, where would it be?
    I'm ready to take an African Safari.
  9. What is your favorite color?
    Green.
  10. How many siblings do you have?
    I have three siblings - two sisters (who are twins) and a brother. They're all older than me - my sisters are 10 years older and my brother is 13 years older than me.
  11. If you were invited to a wedding reception but not the ceremony, would you be offended?
    No, I was invited to wedding reception but not the ceremony in 2006 and it was fine, although I didn't think it was clear to me that it was just the reception.
Lindsay's Questions:

  1. you have the skills to go pro in any sport (except running/triathlons). what sport would you choose?
    Oh, geez. Probably swimming because I'm enjoying that quite a bit.
  2. what is your favorite vegetable?
    Hmmm.... I really love asparagus and mushrooms.
  3. they're making a movie about your life. what actor/actress would play you?
    Sarah Rue.
  4.  last book you read?
    I just finished Cutting for Stone . It was pretty good. Really long.
  5. last text message you sent?
    I no longer have a text messaging plan. So, I try not to send them. The last one I sent was actually to Kitzzy telling her where we were at the Disney Marathon Expo.
  6. what is your favorite meal/recipe to cook?
    I make this seared chicken with avocado that is fast, easy, healthy and impressive for guests. I make it all the time.
  7. do you prefer dusting or vacuuming? (and when are you coming to do my house?)
    Neither! But probably vacuuming. I wish I had a Dyson. And whenever ;)
  8. if you could go on vacation to anywhere in the us or canada, where would you go?
    I'd love to go to the Canadian Rockies, perhaps Banff.
  9. what something you love about where you live?
    I love living out in the country like we do because it's quiet and beautiful and there are country things around - like awesome farmer's markets and a farmer up the road who makes his own ice cream and sells it out of his house.
  10. something you don't love about where you live?
    It takes us an hour to get basically anywhere. My gym is 40  minutes away. My office is 35 minutes away. Downtown Baltimore? An hour. A mall that actually has decent stores? 45 minutes. We found out recently that it's 40 minutes to get to somewhere to send a FedEx package that is too large to fit in one of those self service boxes.
  11. what do you do when you have trouble falling asleep?
    I imagine that I'm on vacation. In a hammock, perhaps in Little Cayman.
Ok, so if you want to answer this, go ahead! I am not tagging anyone or writing my own questions because this took me 4 days to write as it is.

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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Stats as of 31 Dec 2011 (Better Late Than Never?)

December 2010
65.3 miles
13 hours, 36 minutes
Avg Pace: 12:30/mile
Celtic Solstice 5 Mile Run 2010: 59:12 (11:50/mile)

December 2011
78.8 miles -- 13.5 miles more than in 2010
16 hours, 26 minutes -- 3 hours, 10 minutes longer than in 2010
Avg Pace:  12:31/mile -- 1 second slower than in 2010
Hot Chocolate 15K 2011: 1:48:49 (11:42/mile)

2010 Year Totals:
700.8 miles @ 12:45 per mile

2011 Year Totals:
733.3 miles @ 13:01 per mile

Totally late on writing this up. I got so involved with a bunch of "year end" posts, and then I went straight into running the Disney marathon relay, and then I just didn't have time to blog at all... sigh.

So, I ran more miles in December than I ran the year before. That's because at the end of the year in 2010 I was preparing to go away to Indonesia and I had no races planned. In fact, my only goal was to run more than 700 miles in the year. I did that easily in 2011, thanks to the New York City Marathon and all of the training that it required. I mean, that's even with taking 3 weeks off to go to Indonesia and two weeks off because of my leg surgery.

I'm going to do another post soon about my gym and all of the wonderful things that I've been doing there, so I won't go into that except to say that I've been doing a TON of swimming (more than ever in my life), but it needs work, and that I'm back to strength training again - something that I don't know if I'm happy about or not quite yet.

I'm a little depressed that my per mile pace went down for 2011, but I do understand that it's because I was marathon training and all of those long runs had to be done at a slower pace. I'd like to see myself back down towards 12:45 in 2012, but I don't know if that will happen or not. So far in 2012, I'm averaging about a 12:51 pace. We'll see. (note: the Roller Coaster ride in Disney was a major killer of that... LOL)

Anyway, sorry this post was so late!!

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Friday, January 20, 2012

Totally Absurd.

My running group usually runs right near our store on our week day runs. During the winter, we can't run on several of our normal routes because it's too dark. But, we do run through this townhouse neighborhood just up the way from us. Typically, there are several cars going in and out of the main road, but there are speed bumps and it's a residential neighborhood. We run towards traffic, wear reflective gear and carry lights.

Last night, we were off of the main road, heading back toward it, when a woman in an SUV drove our way and stopped about 50 feet ahead of us and then laid on her horn. When we got up to her, she rolled down her window and started yelling:

Woman: You can't run here! It is dangerous to everyone!!
Me: Seriously? Do you realize you're talking on your cell phone while you're driving right now? [note: talking on a cell phone while driving without a hands free device is illegal in Maryland]
Running Friend Robin: You're doing something illegal!
Me: Of course we can run here.
Woman: You cannot run here! I'm going to call the police!
Me: I'm sorry, but isn't this a public road?
Woman: Yes! [spoken as if I somehow proved her point]
Me: Well, then we can run here!

At this point, the three of us just ran off.

But, I gave it some thought, and I've decided that if I come across this woman again, I will ask her to run with us. That ought to confuse her, I would think. Join us, crazy lady! Come to the dark side!


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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Is Paula Deen Unethical?

Courtesy of Pauladeen.com
As you may have heard, Tuesday, Paula Deen announced on the Today show that she has type 2 diabetes. Not only that, but she was diagnosed with it three years ago, and is just now making the news public. The second part of her big announcement was that she is now the spokesperson for a diabetes drug. So, basically, she's only letting people know about her diagnosis now because she is going to make money off of it.

I am pretty torn on this. In general, I believe that you should eat what you want and what your body needs. I'm a big fan of The Pioneer Woman, who is another big proponent of butter and sugar. I, in fact, love butter and sugar. I cook with real butter all the time. I have purchased more sugar since I started making jams and jellies than I ever have before. Butter is delicious (and also, butter is why I am not skinny-skinny like a runner should be - but my cholesterol and blood pressure are both fine). I do, however, believe that changing ones habits are necessary if a doctor says so. If my doctor were to tell me to stop eating butter, I would stop eating it.

I also believe that the health of anyone, even stars, is private. It's no ones business that someone has cancer or is fighting a disease, diabetes included. I don't really knock Paula Deen for hiding her diabetes. It's her business.

However, the whole second part of this - where Deen is only coming out about her diagnosis now because she wants to collect money from a drug company - that I do not like. It just seems wrong to make money promoting an unhealthy lifestyle and then make money undoing that damage.

In the end, Paula Deen claims that her lifestyle and eating habits were not to blame for her diagnosis. She believes that her diagnosis was based primarily on heredity, but I find that pretty hard to believe. If she really wants to help rid the world of diabetes, she might just consider changing her message just a tad, and stop looking for a revenue stream.  If Paula Deen really wanted to do something special and really do the right thing, she blew it. This is just a missed opportunity all around.

What are your thoughts? Is Paula Deen selling out instead of changing her lifestyle?


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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Walt Disney Marathon Relay 2012

Mickey and me at Marathon mile 18
(Relay mile 5)
As you may know, I've run the Walt Disney World Marathon three times, 2007, 2008 and 2010. I've run the half marathon once, in 2009. We missed the 2011 marathon weekend because we were getting ready to go to Indonesia.  Back in 2010, I told Todd that what I really wanted was for us to both run the half marathon. Before that, we were either both running the full, Todd was doing the Goofy Challenge, or one of us was doing the half and one of us the full. I thought if we were both registered for the half, we'd be a bit more relaxed and be able to do some other stuff besides prepare to run.

Lo and behold, for 2012 Disney introduced the Disney Marathon Relay! It is a two person relay for the full marathon, and Todd and I registered right away. While the Marathon has Mickey as its mascot, and the Goofy Challenge has Goofy as its mascot, and the Half marathon has Donald Duck as its mascot, the Relay's mascot is Chip and Dale! Hooray!

We left for Florida on Thursday the 5th. We basically followed the same schedule we've followed for our four previous marathon weekends, and got to our hotel in the evening. We were staying at Animal Kingdom Lodge this time. Our room was in the Kidani Village, which is the new building specifically for Disney Vacation Club members. While very nice, it was very spread out, and our room was as far as possible from the lobby. We timed our walk and found that it took over 10 minutes of constant walking to get from our room to the lobby. That's a lot. Still, it's an awesome resort. We had a savanna view room, so we could see the giraffes, zebras and other animals wandering around the property from our balcony.
From our balcony, you could see giraffes and zebras
Friday morning, I was supposed to go on a run, but I realized that I forgot a prescription that I needed and became preoccupied with that. We resolved it, but then it was time to go to the Expo and no running had been done. I decided that the walk to the room was enough (actually, I just figured out the distance, and it was about a quarter mile walk each way).
The expo was crazy-crowded. We picked up our race numbers and our special relay gift - which was a pad to sit on - and also stopped by to see Kitzzy, who was volunteering. We had plans to purchase new sunglasses, and some race merchandise. I was disappointed to find that the merchandise for the relay was limited to a single long sleeve cotton t-shirt. Seriously? When we asked, they told us that it was because there were so few people registered for the relay (and indeed, when I saw the results, there were only 416 finishing teams).

After the expo, we met Kitzzy and her SO for a late lunch at Downtown Disney. It's the first time I've met up with a fellow blogger, so very cool! (actually, that's kind of not true, once I thought about it, but the other one I met with happened to be someone who turned out to live in Baltimore and also ran at Fleet Feet, so I don't think that really counts). After lunch, we headed back to the resort to relax for a while.

Todd with ports and Grand Marnier
Dinner on Friday night was at Artist Point, one of the "signature" restaurants that I've always wanted to try. The food was delicious and our server was fantastic. We split a bottle of wine during dinner and then during dessert, I had a Grand Marnier Flight and Todd had a Port Flight, which basically means trying a bunch of different kids. Todd's four port wines were 10, 20, 30 and 40 year ports and my Grand Marnier were 50 year, 100 year and 150 year. They were all delicious, and we were feeling pretty happy after. The wonderful thing about Disney is the transportation that they provide, but I'm sure that the bus drivers were annoyed with the drunken two of us yelling "Take us to Animal Kingdom, dammit!" forgetting the "Lodge" part and the bus drivers thinking we were fools trying to get into a closed theme park.

 Saturday morning, our nephew Josh came by to hang with us for the day. I wanted to do nothing, and that's what I did. We hung out at the pool at the hotel for most of the day, relaxing and having a great time. For dinner, Todd and I had pizza and then went to bed early in preparation for the relay the next morning.

Disney races are notoriously early, and our alarm went off at 3am so that we could get ready. I was trying to eat a lot because I was nervous about having a race experience similar to New York where I was hungry the whole race. I ate two pieces of wheat toast with honey and jam, and a small bowl of raisin bran. I packed a cereal bar in my jacket pocket to eat at the transition point.

Jeff Galloway and me at the race start
We took the race bus from our resort to the Runners' Village, and I was torn between being happy I wasn't running the whole marathon and intense jealousy for those who were. Very weird. We had signed up to go to the Jeff Galloway VIP tent, which was nice because it was chilly and they had heaters for us. Soon, it was time for Todd to go and he headed down to the starting line.

In the meantime, I hung out in the race village, watching the starting line from the jumbotrons. I don't know what went on last year because I wasn't there, but this was the first year I'd seen a wave start at Disney. I don't know how well it went (I have a feeling that there wasn't enough time between waves), but there were 8 waves and each had their own fireworks, which I could see above the trees from where I was. Once everyone had started, I stood up and that is when I realized how cold I was. I was wearing a singlet and shorts for the race, and my NYC marathon jacket. The asphalt where I was sitting was COLD and I was shivering uncontrollably. Temps were about 50 degrees. I wished I was running! I headed back to the Galloway tent, to find it empty, the heaters turned off, and headed towards the relay buses.

Todd and me before the race
I was excited to see the course heading by, and managed to catch Todd at mile 3 before getting on the buses. The buses took the second relay runners to the transition point at the half marathon point, and we proceeded to sit on the ground again and I was still shivering. At least they had mylar blankets to give out, and many people wrapped themselves from head to toe. I settled on wrapping my legs. I realize that I should have brought that pad to sit on that they gave us at the Expo, but I forgot it. So did everyone else, apparently, because I didn't see anyone with one.

There was about an hour and a half wait at the transition point, and then along came Todd! I gave him my jacket and headed out, still cold and shivering like crazy. My ankle was hurting from sitting on the cold ground, and I almost wiped out before I even made it out on to the course.

I had set my watch for 1:15 and 1 intervals, the same as I'd used for the Indianapolis half back in May. I hadn't given a lot of thought to what I was going to do for this race - if I was going to really race it or not. I was trained and ready for anything, including a PR, but I wasn't sure how the results would eventually be posted and if the results would show as a real half marathon or not. Plus, while I was freezing cold when I started running, I knew that the high temperature for the day was supposed to be 77 degrees, which is too warm for me to PR. I decided to just keep up a good clip and see how I did. I chose not to set my chrono on my watch, so I was unaware of how fast I was running during the race.

I had to pee right away, which was annoying. I hate stopping for potty breaks during a race. I decided that I would try and make it as long as possible, since maybe I was just feeling that way from sitting on the cold ground. I felt like a big cheater coming into a marathon halfway through. The first 3 miles of my race are some of the most boring of the entire marathon, and those doing the full were clearly starting to wear out.  Here I was, fresh!

Peter Pan, Me and Wendy, at Marathon Mile 15 (Relay Mile 2)
It was right after the marathon mile 15 marker (my 2 mile) where I saw Peter Pan and Wendy. They didn't have much of a line to speak of, and I wanted some photos of this race, so I decided to stop. And with that, I threw away any thoughts of doing any sort of awesome time at this race. I thought I would just try to set a new PR in having fun at a race, and I succeeded in that! :)

Into Animal Kingdom we went, and I was having a great time. Usually, at this point in the marathon, I'm filled with dread about the out and back on Osceola Parkway that I know is coming. Not this time! We passed into Asia, and I started asking myself the question I'd been asking all weekend - should I ride Expedition: Everest? You see, I'd always seen people jumping on the roller coaster during the marathon, but I'd never done it because I was so focused on my time.  I slowed and then stopped in front of the entrance, and a (non-racer) woman standing there said, "Go for it!!" and so I did. My and some other guy who was doing the relay or Goofy or something ran in, got in line and rode the roller coaster. It. was. awesome.

I was disappointed that the ride photos weren't working. They took them, and a cast member would look for them for you, but I didn't want to take all of that time, so I left. I wish I had taken a self portrait with my cell phone, but I didn't.

Me and Rafiki in Animal Kingdom (Marathon Mile 16, Relay Mile 3)
Then, I was back out running again. I ran through the rest of Animal Kingdom, actually feeling some guilt for riding the roller coaster. Mickey was waiting outside of Animal Kingdom, so I got my picture with him. Then, I was out on Osceola Parkway, the worst part of the entire marathon. This is 3-4 miles of highway in the blaring sunlight. It was really starting to get warm. I was determined that I was not going to complain (even in my head to myself) or feel the least bit upset about this section of the course. I set my brain on ignore. I mean, this was only miles 6-9 of my race, when others were in miles 19-22. I listened to the music from the bands on the course, waved at cars and spectators, and generally tried to stay in good spirits. I ended up finding a potty with no line around mile 22 / 9, and took my potty break that I'd needed since I started running. Whew, that felt a lot better. I felt great entering Hollywood Studios.

With The Incredibles, Marathon Mile 23, Relay Mile 10)
There were a whole bunch of characters to get photos with, and I was SO HAPPY that the hardest part of the race was over! It was around the point that I was getting my picture with Dug and Randall from Up that the 5:30 marathon pace group caught up with me. I had seen them behind me at the out and back on the Parkway, but I thought that I could stay in front of them. My photo stops were killing me, though, and I ended up mixed with them through all of Hollywood Studios. This is so annoying - I hate getting caught in a pace group. The course seriously narrows after Hollywood Studios, and I wasn't able to get around them. I let them go and stopped worrying about it.
Dug, Randall and Me, Marathon Mile 23, Relay Mile 10
Outside of Beach Club, Todd was waiting for me. I gave him a kiss and headed on. I was dancing to the music and having a great time, just like my friend Davida described during her Disney marathon in 2009 (when I thought, no way). I headed into Epcot and looked for more photo opportunities, but ended up deciding not to get my photo with Snow White or Mulan. I did really want a margarita from the Mexico pavilion but unless they were going to put a lid on it, I wouldn't be able to run with it. I seriously considered it, though.

If you've run Disney before, perhaps you've seen the gospel choir that is the very last band on the course, at mile 26, right before heading down the home stretch to the finish. Usually, this choir makes me burst into tears. This year, I was so happy to see them that I ran down the line, slapping the hands of every single choir member in the front row. To the choir: I love you guys, you are AWESOME and one of my very favorite parts of the Disney marathon.

I crossed the finish line, saw Kitzzy handing out blankets, and managed to find the relay medals. Todd found me outside of the bag exchange and we had our photo taken together in front of the relay backdrop. I was on cloud 9, this was a great race.

Todd did his leg in 2:37:35, I did my leg in 2:54:26. Our transition time was 3:40, so our final time was 5:35:40. My time confirmed what I knew - when I was running, I was running FAST, possibly on PR pace, but I had stopped so many times that I actually clocked my worst half marathon time. I could care less.

Todd and I spent the afternoon at the pool, then had dinner at The Wave. We fell asleep early and then woke up to breakfast at Boma, one of my favorite breakfast buffets in Disney. Then, it was time to head home. We headed to the airport and made it in to Baltimore just in time for rush hour traffic.

This was an AWESOME race. I had so much fun, more fun than any other race I've ever run. And, boy, I needed a really fun race.  We are making plans to return next year to do the relay again, but this time Todd will run the second leg and I will run the first. He's already pledged to ride Expedition: Everest during his leg. LOL.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

HBBC Final Check In

The Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge is over, and I missed the end date. But, I didn't want to leave it unfinished, so here are my final weeks:

Here's my oh-so-long update (recorded in Log Your Run).

12/24: 13.6 mile run, 13.6 points
12/25: off day
12/26: 40 min lap swimming, 4 points, 45 min weight training, 2.25 points
12/27: 3.6 mile run, 3.6 points and 20 min weight training, 1 point
12/28: off day
12/29: 3.6 mile run, 3.6 points and 30 min weight training, 1.5 points
12/30: 40 min lap swimming, 4 points, and 25 min weight training, 1.25 points
WEEK SIX TOTAL: 34.8 points


12/31: 6.1 mile run, 6.1 points
1/1: off day
1/2: 40 min lap swimming, 4 points and 1 hour weight training, 3 points
1/3: 3.7 mile run, 3.7 points
1/4: off day (worked late)
1/5: off day (travel to FL)
1/6: off day (but I walked a lot!)
WEEK SEVEN TOTAL: 16.8 points


My total for all seven weeks was 166.6. I don't think this would have gotten me any prizes if I'd actually gotten my results in the spreadsheet in time.  Sigh.  I have some blog catching up to do.

NOTE: I'm not really doing the "7 servings of veggies" thing because I don't log my food and have no plan to.


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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Rock & Roll Races

The same weekend that many of us in the DC area were dealing with the fiasco known as the Hot Chocolate 15K, in Las Vegas, there was another race fiasco at the Rock & Roll Las Vegas Marathon. See some accounts of it at Runner's World, Yelp, KTNV and Facebook. Runners complained that there was a ton of illness, not enough potties, and a crowded, chaotic and dangerous course and finish area. Many people who ran that race are now calling for a boycott of Competitor and RnR Races.

In the meantime, I've signed up for the Rock & Roll USA Half Marathon.  Can I just tell you that I have some serious reservations about this race? I initially mentioned it in November, stating that I wasn't sure about running it. I ended up signing up for it because I really want to run this race with my high school friends. However, I've got my doubts. I don't have a lot of faith on Competitor races, or in the Rock & Rolls. I'm not impressed with them at all.


Granted, the only Rock & Roll I've ever done is the Philadelphia half, which I didn't think was better as a rock & roll (I'd done it the year before when it was still the Philadelphia Distance Run). From what I can tell from Philly, Competitor races are too big for their britches, and they coast along on "cool medals" and other gimmicks without really providing the service that I'd expect for the price of one of their races. I could be wrong, but that was my initial impression. Get the runners in, through the course and out, so that you can collect the dollars.

But, I was willing to give them the benefit of the doubt for this race that my friends had chosen. So, what is worrying me?

A couple of weeks ago, they announced that the marathon time limit would be 5:30. This is after many, many people had signed up. While this is reasonable for most runners, I'm sure, if I had signed up for the full marathon, I'd be screwed. And are they offering a refund? Of course not! In my opinion, 5:30 is a pretty tight time limit. Of course, Competitor likes to offer coupons and incentives to sign up early, but then won't offer a refund when the rules are added or changed that make completing the race an impossibility for some.

At this point, the race is "Approaching sell out" according to their website, but a course map and elevation chart have yet to be published. Since this race was previously the National Marathon, many are thinking that it will follow the same or similar course. But - why haven't they released it yet then? It bothered me to sign up for a race with no course information, but I did it anyway because race entry fees went up after 12/31.

Overall, the information about this race has been sparse. For a while, I thought I'd do the relay with a friend, but they haven't even published how the relay would be split. Evenly? 8miles / 5 miles?

I already see that they've updated the expo information, which wasn't updated before I signed up. The expo ends at 7pm on a Friday, so I have to get from my house to DC by 7pm on a Friday after work. Great.

Competitor, I'm still waiting for you to impress me.
Do you love Rock & Roll races or are you as unimpressed as I am?


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