I decided to run the Mardi Gras 1/2 Marathon a while back but never committed 100%. I trained under the novice schedule and, although I somehow managed to put in all of the long runs, I skimped here and there on the regular/short runs and didn't bother cross training. I also didn't sign up in time so I have to see if there is still space available at the expo tomorrow. Maybe there won't be any room left and I will have to forgo the race. I am excited about it, don't get me wrong. BUT, I have been sort of hemming and hawing about it because race day logistics always put a damper on the fun and these logistics, in particular, are a total buzzkill.
I got bored reading all of the rules and regulations and ultimately stopped, but here are a few that I can remember:
no parking within a mile of the race start, access to the start line is via shuttle, recommended check in time no later than 6 a.m. for 7 a.m. start - which for me will be closer to 7:30 because I am in a slow time group...the list goes on.
None of these things in and of themselves are that daunting, it is the combination of it all that gets to me. I generally wake up, throw on some clothes, and run out of the front door. I don't do well when there is a lot of hurrying up and waiting involved. I get thirsty. I worry about having to go the bathroom and using a port-a-potty. I get sleepy. I get hungry. I get intimidated. I get nervous. These are all of the things that have a tendency to take the fun out of the whole event. That said, the Peachtree Road Race is the biggest logistical nightmare ever. I complain about it, but every year I have a blast and every year I swear I will run it again.
I LOVED the 1/2 marathon distance when I did it years ago before Luz was even born. Granted, I had a lot more time to train and focus, but it definitely left an impression on me and I have been wanting to do another 1/2 since I did the marathon a few years ago. So, I am signing up and getting ready and looking forward to 13.1 miles of music and fun and really hoping to see these guys somewhere along the way:
Thanks for all of the diaper rash tips. I have been told that it gets worse before it gets better and that is proving to be true. James spent a few hours running around diaper-less again tonight and he seemed to feel better. Incidentally, the daycare ladies told me I have to get Boudreaux's Butt Paste. Ew. I have a total aversion to buying something called "butt paste". Let's hope some of the other tips work first.