Monday, February 18, 2013

Fighting the URGE

Tomorrow, at exactly 12 pm Central Time, registration opens up for THE Chicago Marathon. 

Even though I've made a promise to myself to not get too invested into training this year for a wide array of reasons, I can't say that I haven't thought about just throwing all that logic out the window and pulling the registration trigger on CM13. After all, Chicago is my favorite city in the world and nothing makes me happier than running 26.2 miles with a goofy grin on my face through the streets of practically every neighborhood in the whole dang city. Still can't erase those skyline views from my mind from the last go-around.

There has been a lot of speculation and hype about how long it's going to take to fill up. 
Some think hours, and I've even heard other speculate minutes. 

Yes, minutes.
MINUTES.

I honestly don't think that it would even be possible for 45,000 people to sign up within the matter of minutes. But, I'll probably be wrong and end up being shut out. Won't be the first time I was wrong, and it most certainly will not be the last.

Last year I registered for this race in early February when I was riding high off of a successful start and adjustment to my heavily-loaded-yet-highly-ambitious training cycle. Things were going well and I was more than certain that I was well on my way to a sub 3:05 finish. At the time I was even thinking that I would be able to squeak in just under 3.

In the 8 months since I dropped the $150 for what I was convinced would be "the race of my life" and when it came time to toe-the-line, a million and one obstacles got in the way of that dream race. Some avoidable and others not where I had to adjust my plan and expectations. Instead, the events which ended up unfolding that day turned out to be heartwarming and more memorable than any PR would have been where I had the time of my life with Mr. Chicago Runner Girl. That left a lofty marathon goal has to be shelved for another more appropriate and yet TBD time.

With registration opening a mere 16 hours from now, I'm really starting to miss the days when you didn't have to set an alarm to make sure you get one of those highly coveted race slots and instead could wait out the year a bit and not get shut out. What happened to those days???

The days when you didn't have to commit to a marathon 9 months in advance?
The days when you actually had the opportunity to make sure you were healthy enough to toe the line of your goal race for the year?
The days when you didn't have to shell out $175 to run a marathon?
The days when you didn't have to sit like a fool in front of your computer clicking away like a crazed-maniac seconds after race registrations opened?

I miss those days.

Hoping they come back soon.

But until they do, I'll be keeping myself far far away from any and all internet surfing devices on Chicago Marathon registration day.

20 comments:

  1. Since I'm going to be starting school in August, I'll probably not be doing any marathons at that point in time....but something inside of me still wants to register for this race because I've always wanted to do it!! I guess maybe in 3 years when I'm all done?!

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  2. Well, I bet the race will sell out in maybe 5-7 days, so I bet you will be fine. Seems like you should probably register for it since it is your hometown race. And you will set a PR if you race it.

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    1. Maybe. Looks like we aren't going to find out this year and most likely wi have to wait until 2014.

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  3. I think you should go for it! Your an awesome runner!

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  4. You better hide! I think we are down to less than 4 hours?!

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  5. The CM will be waiting for you with open arms when the time is right to take the plunge again.

    I love your reference to "Mr Chicago Runner Girl"- for similar reasons CM 12 will always be my PF "personal Favorite" :)

    Good luck in deciding what to do. I also hate having to register 9 months in advance. Loads of things can happen in that time.

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  6. Ha, back away from the phone/computer/tablet/etc!! I hear ya --I'm still undecided on my racing plans for the fall. But then again, it's pretty sad that I'm "still undecided"...as if 9 months early isn't enough. So much can happen in a year--maybe we'll end up some place tropical for our fall marathons?!

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    1. Oooohhhhh, yes! Tropical I can do. Never really ran a race in those types of conditions, but I've always wanted to.

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  7. I'm right there with you. I would looooove to do it again this year but I cannot justify the cost right now. But, like Xaarlin said, the Chicago Marathon will be there again next year (or the year after), when our budget isn't quite so tight. And there are still races out there that don't require alarms - I'm pretty sure I'm doing the Detroit Marathon this year (a week after Chicago), and registration has been open for a bit, and when I asked, they said last year they didn't sell out until August. Sure it's not my hometown race, but it'll be fun regardless!

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    1. Yes, those are the ones I'm sealing out this year as well. It's nice to be able to almost last minute sign up for things, even if its a marathon. You jut beve know where life will lead you in an 8 month time span.

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  8. WishI could do Chicago this year, too. Every year, except one, since I started running in 2005, I've done either the Chicago Marathon or another marathon around that time. This is the first year I WONT allow myself to sign up for a race this fall. Through different phases of life, different things will become our priorities, and so with my boards coming up this Sept/Oct, I know I have to let go fo the running until after those are done : ( Makes me a little sad, but I have to remind myself that people pop back after time off of intense training and still do well....just look at any runner who has been pregnant and had kids.

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    1. Yes, you are feeling what I'm feeling too girl. It's hard to break the "tradition" but I think that you are entirely right about the resting phase. I took a few years off marathons years back, and hole that never actually help my marathon times it did help my running an racing fitness for all other distances. Marathons are just so dang hard on the body when you go out there with the intention to race them, a little break will rekindle those embers inside and make you want it more next time around!

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  9. I agree about the timing in terms of registration. I have no idea how I'll be doing in June when it's time to start training. I also thought about registering just for the hell of it. Then I remembered how much I hate marathon training in the summer and I showed restraint.

    So...when do you think you will chase after that sub 3:05 goal?

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  10. Well, reading this a day late... you totally called the system not being able to handle it. And loved your comment about it on FB. Whoa, people were freaking out!

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  11. Haha I actually didn't even try to sign up yesterday. I was still trying to decide whether or not I was ready and if it was in the budget for this year. When I went on to check (out of curiosity), online registration was closed for the time being. I heard 30,000 were able to sign up, leaving 15,000 more spots open...and apparently they are re-opening registration sometime this week. Who knows! I just know I need to do this race at some point. If it's not this year then maybe 2014. We'll see :)

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  12. I've been on the fence about whether or not I should sign up. I've been wanting to run this race for quite a while but something always comes up. We are just purchasing a home and it will be the first summer with our new baby girl (I was pregnant all last summer) plus a few other commitments this summer. I don't just know if I'll have the time. I guess it looks like I have a few days to decide.

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  13. Nice blog! I registered for the 2013 edition, it will be my first marathon! You can check out my blog if you get a chance! http://dickheadmarathon.blogspot.com/

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  14. i have to admit i'm literally floored at how insane getting into races has become. the costs literally make the tight wad in me DIE and the fact that for some of these races just be accepted for a slot, it seems like u've got to promise up ur first born kid! or stay camped out by ur computer for the second they open. i say the two of us just start writing numbers on bibs and doing our own 'jank' races...legit courses, screw the extras. :)

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    1. We should! I know there are folks out there like us that could give two craps about all the extras of the day. I'm over the race shirt thing, and honestly just want to get out there these days just to have fun and give it what I've got, no frills needed. Shoot girl, once again I'm wishing that you didn't live on the other side of the country.

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