Well, it's official - Erin and I will be participating in this year's Country Music Marathon here in Nashville, TN! Erin will be running the 1/2 Marathon, and I'll be doing the full. From the looks of it we're going to be able to run the first 10 mi or so together before the 1/2 marathoners split off to finish their race.
I'm looking forward to the challenge of training for another race. For me, this one's going to be a little different because I'll be running at Erin's pace for the first half or so - I'm not going for a PR (runner's slang for "Personal Record"). Rather, I'm going to be using this race as part of my training to complete an Ironman race (more to come on that in future posts). But for Erin, this is going to be a landmark race - what a great challenge to tackle! She's doing great on her runs already - we're practically doing hill training EVERY day out here, as there's really no flat road in Spring Hill!
We're also trying to encourage as many people as we can to join us. If you are unaware, a 1/2 marathon is a 13.1 mi distance, with the full being 26.2 mi. If you've never run a marathon before and haven't been running consistantly for the last few months, getting in shape and ready for the full is probably out of reach by now. However, being prepared for the 1/2 is DEFINITELY still an option. So far Erin's dad is planning on joining her to do the 1/2, Erin's got a girlfriend or two from church who will running it with her, and my roadmates Glenn and Dave will be doing the full (although I think they're going to be shooting for faster times than I will be, so I'll probably just see them at the start and later on at the finish!). If you are at all interested in challenging yourself to do something like this, leave us a comment - we'd love to have you be part of the team! It's always more fun when there's more people involved and you can train together...
Time for bed - an integral part of training is proper sleep... no wonder I love running! :)