Well my anxiety and self-doubt evaporated (for now), as I watched all 30,000 available spots get gobbled up by runners from all over in record time - 2 hours and 41 minutes - becoming the fastest marathon registration sellout in U.S. history. Fueled by the mass euphoria on MCM's Facebook (FB) page as tons of runners posted "I GOT IN! I GOT IN!", I was freaking out like everyone else, and I'm sure we all sounded like we had just won the lottery!
I successfully peer-pressured another runner friend (so that made it 2 friends I peer-pressured) into signing up for MCM. Through her, I felt the rush, the suspense, and the triumph over scoring a spot to run MCM. So ever since Wednesday, my friends "T", "C", and I have been talking non-stop about MCM - training plans, hotel rooms, goals, schedules....never mind that we each have a big race coming up ("T" has Virginia Wine Country Half, "C" has Charlottesville 10-Miler, and I have RnR USA Half) - I think in our hearts we're done training for those races, and we are ready to tackle training for MCM!!! Isn't that crazy??!!!! Yup, so I've been BUSY just thinking and reading about all things marathon!!!
|Just a few of my crazy runner friends from Ragnar DC|
I also discovered another friend, "M," who also got in - we had talked about running before and even balked at the idea of running 26.2 miles at one point and there we were, screaming over at FB chat, in disbelief that we signed up for something we never thought we would actually do!!!!
So, yeah, I've been BUSY talking non-stop about MCM lately to whoever wants to hear about it, and I can't tell you enough how exciting it is to me!! Can you tell??!!!
The best part about today's run? I figured out why my left foot has PF. My left shoe is a tad bit big for my left foot! This happened to me last winter and I can't believe I forgot. I bought my shoes last summer when my left foot was "bigger" and come winter months, since my left foot is not as swollen, the extra room in my left shoe meant my left foot is sliding in them....the arches aren't where they're suppose to be, etc..So this morning, I doubled up on socks - well, I wore a thinner socks over my regular running socks and no pain! Knock on wood. So during my run, my left foot was nice and snug and felt fine. My right foot has always been bigger than my left, so it was just fine. I am really hoping this is the cause so I can put an end to this darn foot pain. Still stretching and icing.
When do you all buy shoes? Do your feet change in size from winter to summer months? Or is it just my feet?
Have you had to change your race goals and strategy due to an injury? Have you tried the run/walk method before and how do you like it?
Are you also running MCM this year??