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Let’s Talk Half Marathons

Posted Jan 15 2013 1:42pm

Hey guys! How’s everyone holding up on this dreary Tuesday? I don’t know what it’s like where you live, but it is cold  and rainy over here in the Nation’s capitol. Gross!

So before I dive into the half marathon talk, I wanted to give you all an update on my sprained ankle . It appears that even though I was a good patient last week and did all the right things to let my ankle mend (I iced it, I elevated it, I soaked it in epsom salts, I wore my ankle brace, and I didn’t do any high impact workouts at all) my ankle is still a bit swollen and bruised. Still! Ugh!

I really thought that if I took it easy last week my ankle would be back to normal by now. Unfortunately it seems that this sprain must be a particularly bad one since it’s still not healed :( I did try running with Jack yesterday morning, and although we made it through our normal one-mile route, I felt uncomfortable and was favoring my left leg the whole time.

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After work I told Fabio about my concerns and he made me do some exercises with my ankle (e.g., picking up small objects with my toes, moving my ankle around in circles, using my toe to “draw” the alphabet in the air, etc.).

Unfortunately a lot of the exercises were pretty difficult for me (it seems like I can move my ankle forward and backward fine but side-to-side is pretty hard) and he thinks I shouldn’t run on it for another week. UGH!!

I got so frustrated about this because I just want to get back into my normal routine! However I really don’t want to injure my ankle further (that’s the last thing I need), so I’m going to heed Fabio’s advice and stay off of it for another week :( . I debated going to the doctor for a professional opinion, but for now I’m going to skip it. If it’s still not better by next week I will probably wind up going to the doctor (can you tell I hate the doctor? Lol). We shall see.

Looks like I’ll be continuing with my strength training over the next few days…so annoying.

In order to cheer myself up last night about this stupid ankle situation I decided to get serious about running this half marathon that I mentioned in my goals for 2013 . So, let’s talk half marathons!

Half Marathons

I’ve been wanting to run a half marathon for a while now, but every time one comes up I shy away due to the expensive entry fees. As you probably remember, one of my other goals for 2013 is to save money, so these two seem to contradict each other.

After expressing this dilemma to my uncle (who completes triathlons BTW and thinks of half marathons as no big thang) he suggested that if I could find a half marathon in NYC by the New York Road Runners Club he and my aunt would not only run the race with us, but they would pay for our entry fees since they are members. How incredibly sweet are they?

Unfortunately I’ve looked at the New York Road Runner’s Club website and it seems that their one and only half marathon for the year is already sold out (drat!). I was originally hoping that they were going to have another one in the fall, but there’s nothing on the calendar yet so I think I’m out of luck on that front.

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Sooo with this new piece of news, I decided I’m going to suck it up and pay whatever race entry fee there is so that I can make this goal happen in 2013. It’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make!

With that being said, here are a few of the races I’m considering:

1. St. Michael’s Running Festival

When: Saturday, May 18 at 7:30 a.m.

Where: St. Michael’s, MD

Cost: $75

Notes: St. Michael’s is a quaint little town on the Eastern Shore with gorgeous views of the water. I would have to get a hotel the night before (or have my dad drop me off early in the morning by boat from my grandparents’ house, which might be cool). It would be a little more costly to get a hotel, but it might be worth it to run somewhere fun.

2. Alexandria Running Festival

When: Sunday, May 26 at 7:30 a.m.

Where: Alexandria, VA

Cost: $50 before January 31

Notes: This race is convenient because I wouldn’t need a hotel and the entry fee is only $50!! So cheap! However, I’m already pretty familiar with the Virginia landscape in this area and would love to run somewhere I’ve never been.

3. Annapolis Zooma

When: Saturday, June 1 at 7:00 a.m.

Where: Annapolis, MD

Cost: $105

Notes: This race is a bit more expensive and I would need a hotel the night before. No bueno. I do love Annapolis (so pretty!) but I am already pretty familiar with the town and wouldn’t be running anywhere new-to-me. However, Tina from Carrots N Cake is coming down from Boston for this race (I think) so it would be a great opportunity to meet her!

4. Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon

When: Sunday, October 6, 2013 (found here ; no info on main website for 2013 yet)

Where: Alexandria, VA

Cost: TBD?

Notes: Since there is so little info available on this race, I will probably cross it off my list. I’m also not too thrilled about running through Alexandria, as I mentioned above.

To come up with this list I looked at every single race for 2013 that was posted on HalfMarathons.net and these were the only ones I could find in my area that aren’t too soon or already booked :(

Questions of the day: Out of the races on this list, which one do you think I should choose? How do you find out about races in your area? Do you know of any other races occurring in the DC/MD/VA area in 2013 that aren’t already sold out?

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