Saturday, August 25, 2007

half the distance, twice the fun! maybe.

One of my more hardcore running friends (aka my crazy running friend) invited me to do a half marathon last Tuesday. As I considered it, I thought, when did I become crazy? When did running a half marathon on a whim become a normal idea?

To make a long story short, I decided to go for it. I woke at 4:30 am yesterday to meet people at 5:30 to drive to Rochester together. They were all seasoned runners, and I was the newbie. I ran the race pretty much by myself, and really had no idea what I should expect for a finish time. That said, I was pretty happy when I crossed the line at 2:02:something (official times are still not online! Boo!).

Oh yeah, and then I ran the Milk Run 5k at the State Fair today. But after 13.1 miles, 3.1 is a cakewalk. Fine fine, a cakerun in which my legs felt verrrry tight.

So yes, on my last weekend before going back to work, I woke up at 4:30 on a Saturday, 6:30 on a Saturday, and willingly ran two races. Insane.

In other news, I hurt.


tim j said...

I don't know if you get it on your local NPR, but every Saturday morning we get "Only A Game" -- sports public radio style. One of the producers ran a 1/2 marathon and documented their experience for the show. You can read more here. On the show from 8/25, they shared possible names for 1/2 marathons, as submitted by the listeners.

For the record, I get the podcast. There's no way I'm getting up at 7am on a Saturday to listen to NPR.

e said...

Oh man, that was great! And SO TRUE! Last year I did the 10 mile on the same day as the Twin Cities Marathon, and I always found myself saying, "oh, I'm just running 10 miles." Even with last weekend, I didn't place a lot of weight on it. But I agree, I have the feeling that I'll be doing more half marathons than full marathons once this is over.