This is supposed to be a blog about running and I feel like all I've been talking about recently is cycling. So to get back on track, here are three running related things!
1. I discovered after I signed up for the Philly marathon that it was going to be one of the 2011 Runner’s World Challenge races. In the last few weeks I started been thinking that it might be fun to take advantage of that. Not only do you get a training plan and online support from other participants, but you also get special race treatment like VIP porta potties. I did a little more research and found out that the Runner's World Challenge registration is packaged with the race fee. When I contacted them, they said that I can’t just pay for the training package (which I was hoping would be an option). Instead, they would have to contact Philly marathon officials to have my registration cancelled and then I could re-register through them. While this isn’t all that complicated, now I’m leaning towards not taking this step for a couple of reasons. First of all, it’s not cheap ($250) and I would essentially lose the discount that I got on the race registration by signing up at the National Half expo. While I don’t think the price is ridiculous, it is more than the free plan I was going to use. I also started looking at hotels for the Goofy Challenge weekend at Disney and realized that I should probably cuts costs where I can! Second, speaking of Disney it’s only 7 weeks post-Philly. I’m thinking that I may do a shorter taper for Philly so building back up is a bit easier. I also have a feeling that it might work better for me in general, though that is currently unproven. I also like that the Hal Higdon plans (what I'll probably use) have double long runs on weekends, which I need to get ready for Goofy. If I pay for the Runner's World training package then I want to follow as closely as possible and I'm not sure this is the ideal time to do that. Finally, I'm lazy and all those steps to de-register and then re-register might be too much for me. But if you've had an amazing experience with the Runner's World Challenge, please let me know!
2. I'm excited because I realized this week that now that I've figured out the shower situation at work (for bike commuting), with a little pre-planning (bringing in clothes the day before) I can run to work too. I've run home before a number of times, but without an option to shower, I never ran in. What this really means is that I can fit in longer mid-week runs during marathon training without having to get up at a really ridiculous hour! When I get ready at home, I need to be done with my run by 7-7:15 in order to get to work on time. If I shower at work, I could finish my run at 8:15 instead! I'm planning on following a training plan that will get me to higher weekly mileage this time around, so having that extra time to work with for a mid-week medium-long run is really going to come in handy.
3. I just got my race photos from Lawyers Have Heart. I look okay in the first one, but the second one is pure misery. That about sums up how I felt about the race by the end!