Except, not quite.
Registration for the Big Sur races opened on July 15th, a Monday morning, at 7 AM. "The Ukrainian" was at work and registered at that time, while I was at the gym before work. I got to my desk around 8 AM and immediately went on to register.
The "Marathon" button was greyed out. Surely, this must be a mistake? Some seconds later, I realized that it had sold out. Argh!
Prior to that day, I had been having some reservations about registering for the full marathon. I was perfectly content rounding out at 15 and backing off since I was having trouble sticking to a regular training schedule. I guess the quick sell-out (59 minutes!) made the decision for me. (I guess had I been prudent, I would have asked my love to register for me, but obviously I did not anticipate this issue occurring -- I read that next year, they will have a different entry procedure, so glad that I'm in for this year's!).
|One of my lunchtime doodles -- okay, I was on a phone interview during the time.|
I will still be at this race, starting at the 5-mile point. Yes, that's a 21-miler, folks. Auto PR!! This gives me enough slack to run/walk this race, since I am desperately under-trained and wouldn't mind just enjoying the scenery. I plan on carrying food, water and my phone with me. Yep, it will be THAT kind of race. And that kind of makes me look forward to it. If anything, I am severely burnt out from not taking time off of work since November (I am taking a FULL DAY off after the weekend for this, whoop whoop! [slight sarcasm]).
In the meantime, I'm turning 29 in a couple of days. My birthday always sneaks up on me these days, and somehow, the prospect of this one is not giving me the "omg, I'm so old" feelings that I used to get. This could be because I have spent the last few years feeling this way, and well, nothing has changed. Still, I think this year (as a precursor to my 30s) will be defining in its own right.