Good Morning Everyone!!
Well Christmas is right around the corner and Mrs. Schlub allowed me to have Christmas a bit early this year. So with that, I’m taking the plunge again…..
I’m officially signed up for Marathon #2 in February!!
So I’m calling this race the “Redemption Run” because of the epic disaster that occurred in Vegas last month. Now coming out of said disaster, there are about 3 or 4 main races at the beginning of each year that draw a lot of runners that I had my eye on to sign up. The first was the Rock N Roll Marathon Series here in Arizona. I ran the half marathon last year in Phoenix then I followed that up with the Marathon in Vegas last month. If you know anything about these races, they have a HUGE cult following because of all the combination/limited race medals that they offer. For example, I should be getting a special medal for running two Rock N Roll Marathon events in 2015. As I looked into the event next month, I found that if I run the 5K race on Saturday then the Half Marathon on Sunday, I would actually be walking out of that event with 4 new medals for my collection. Hey sounds good to me, let’s get that on the schedule. Mrs. Schlub and I both received an email about a special offer that had to be taken today which would knock the price down on both races and basically makes the races 2 for 1. #WINNING!! So this morning I signed up for both and now have them on my race schedule. Merry Christmas Me!!
Next was the “Redemption Run” itself, another big run here in Arizona is The Phoenix Marathon which happens to be a BQ race. This is actually the race that Mrs. Schlub ran her first half marathon and was the start of my jump into distances longer than 5K. The BQ opportunity brings people out in droves by itself, but the race also has a pretty solid course. I’ve run on many parts of the first half of the race and actually really enjoy the scenery in that area so I’m on board with that. Again, we received a promotion that was going to knock $20 off the registration if I signed up yesterday so I jumped on that deal. #STILLWINNING!! Third race on my race schedule for the next two months. Merry Christmas MeX2!!
Because I’ve filled up my race schedule, I have that feeling of half excited and half sick in my stomach as I write these dates on my calendar. The main goal here is to have a MUCH better race at the Marathon in February and that will be where the bulk of my training will be focused. As I look at the 5k and Half in January, I haven’t really decided how I want to approach those. I definitely don’t want to go all out in both when they are back to back days. A part of me was thinking I would go after a sub 20 min 5K then take the half marathon as a training run for the marathon. Not really sure…..Any thoughts???
So after all that excitement the last two days, there was one other thing I wanted to vent about today. Why the H$#% are these races so D$#% expensive?!?! LOL!! Mrs. Schlub will be the first one to tell you, I am very very frugal (cheap), so when I have to fork over $100 - $150 for a race it always makes me rub my head. In all honesty I’ve thought about sticking to smaller races that offer medals and chip timing just to cut down on the cost. Then I realize that I’m pretty invested in these bigger races, hello four medals for the Rock N Roll races!! If I ever want to attempt a BQ the Phoenix Marathon will be where I do it. So basically I just wanted to vent a bit, running is a true passion of mine and costs me very little to go out and run on the local trails. Start entering some of these races and man oh man I’m crying LOL.
Do you enter small races for any of the small race perks? Less runners/lower costs?
How far out do you plan your races? Weeks/Months/Years?