On I went, out of the wood, passing the man leading without knowing I was going to do so. Flip-flap, flip-flap, jog-trot, jog-trot, curnchslap-crunchslap, across the middle of a broad field again, rhythmically running in my greyhound effortless fashion, knowing I had won the race though it wasn't half over, won it if I wanted it, could go on for ten or fifteen or twenty miles if I had to and drop dead at the finish of it, which would be the same, in the end, as living an honest life like the governor wanted me to. -Alan Sillitoe, "Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner"

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

It's that time of year again...

Guess what today is? It's kind of a holiday, actually.

If you guessed that today was the day that registration for the Mount Washington Road Race opened, you'd be right! I shouldn't be telling you that, and I really shouldn't have linked to it, because now you might compete with me for one of the limited spots. But I'm too excited to keep it quiet. (I'm actually cool like that. If you want to enter too, I'd love the company.)

This year I'm entering as part of a team in a bid to increase my chances in the lottery. I'm nervous I won't get in. Keep your fingers crossed for me. This race kind of kicked my behind last year, so obviously what I need to do is... this race, again. They've doubled the registration fee; maybe this will increase my chances by decreasing the number of lottery entrants?

In other news, the Pig is definitely off the table. My old training partner, the one I was going to be running it with, found out that she has a scheduling conflict and can't make it to the race after all - so I'm now looking for another late April/early May halfathon, if anyone has any suggestions. (Alternately, staying in New York and not racing is certainly on the table.)


  1. My friend puts on the Superhero Half Marathon on May 15 in NJ. It's not a destination, per se, but people dress up and it's close and cheap.

  2. The timing is good! So is the location. I'm not keen on dressing up personally (and I'm really not keen on seeing how many dressed up people beat me), but I like that it's a fun theme.

    I keep forgetting that I am registered for the Brooklyn Half. I'm really unenthused about it for some reason!

  3. There's CMM in Nashville, which is big, huge, and crowded. That said, I had a blast running it last year. I only ran the half, and I've heard that the back half of the full course gets a little icky, although I have no experience with it.

    Bonuses: Nashville is a fun place, there's lots of good food, and it's the home of Mr. Monkey Man.

  4. MCM Historic Half in May? http://www.marinemarathon.com/Historic_Half.htm

    Or, I know a bunch of people who are doing this: http://warriordash.com/register2011_maryland.php (Jen did it last year and loved it!).

    Sadly, I'm gone for all these races... I really wanted to do the Warrior Dash this weekend (and was dying to do the Marine Corps Marathon again, which is now closed).

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  6. Sorry, edited the above cause I got the name all kinds of wrong. The Long Branch Half, part of the Jersey Marathon, May 1. It's supposed to be really flat and fast but ever since the advent of Jersey Shore I can only think of orange spray tan, way too much gel, and dirtiness when I think of the Jersey Marathon. Anyway, maybe not great timing with Brooklyn?

  7. I was going to say Long Branch half as well. I did the full and wouldnt recommend it (its a half field) but it was nice and flat!

    we need to get a run on the calendar soon. this weekend is complicado for me though!

  8. (Sorry if this gets posted twice)...Are you doing the North Face Bear Mountain half again this year? I am considering doing it and I know someone who is signed up. Aron

  9. Good luck! That race sounds cool!

    I am going a half in Champaing-Urbana on 4/10 and one in Kenosha on 5/7 ;)

  10. CMM and the MCM corollary are each possibilities... Long Branch Half is close and convenient. I like that. I'd actually like do C-U at some point, but it's too soon this year.

    @Jen - yes! let's run sooner rather than later. midweek next week or the weekend after this one?

    @Aron - haven't decided yet. Not registered, although I loved the race last year. Maybe... Think I should? Also, are you down for the St. Patrick's Day marathon, or will you be tapering already by then?

  11. I think I will skip the St Patrick's race but I will probably do the Easter one. About Bear Mountain, that's a tossup...I think you said you wanted to cut back on racing but you seemed to really like it...Aron

  12. NJ Marathon May 1st! There is a half as well!