Monday, March 22, 2010

A Whole Plan For Half-Marathon Mania

Posted By on Mon, Mar 22, 2010 at 10:40 AM

A mere four weeks remain until the 2010 running of the Race to Robie Creek, oft billed as "the toughest half-marathon in the Northwest." In an earlier post, I mentioned that I was on the hunt for a highly-coveted bib number for this event, as registration closed just hours after it opened, and I completely missed the boat.

However, since I have yet to hear the wail of an injured weekend warrior who wants to surrender his or her entry, I've come up with an alternative plan. On Saturday, April 3, Boise's City of Trees Marathon Association, Inc. will host the fifth annual Dry Creek Half Marathon. Yesterday was the last day for regularly priced registration ($38 at www.bluecirclesports.com ), but registration is accepted right up until the 10 a.m. start for just $10 more. Always attentive to personal finance, I decided to save $10 and sign up today.

I'll spend the next two weeks conserving energy rather than racking up mileage, and I'll take the opportunity to do some mental calisthenics and seek inspiration by reading Women Who Run by Shanti Sosienski, who just spent the past year living in Sun Valley, Idaho. Check Cobweb in a week or two for a review.

On the plus side, I'll get to run my springtime half, just as I'd hoped. And with only 14 days to go, there's no time to get injured—it's all tapering until April 3. The drawback, of course, is that I am two weeks less prepared than I would have been for Robie Creek. And with its course elevation profile (see below), it's at least the second-toughest half-marathon in the Northwest.

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