Um, I’m an idiot. And, I mean that in the nicest way possible. But, really, I am.
Case in point.
A number of races opened their registration this week and in the process of registering for a couple of key ones — namely the Ogden Half Marathon. I did something really, really, really stupid. I accidentally signed up for the FULL marathon and not the HALF marathon.
I’ve done the Ogden Marathon before — way back in 2014 when I ran with my friend Becky during her first marathon. But, besides that year I have ran the Ogden Half Marathon every year since 2012. It’s one of my favorite races — great course, organization, volunteers, etc., etc., etc. But, I just had no intention of running the marathon in 2017.
Well, any marathon in 2017.
I discovered my gaff looking on my emailed receipt. Which automatically pitted my stomach, because there are no refunds, race switches or “take backs” for the Ogden races. I can transfer to someone else for $20-$25 — but, for the most part — I am stuck with this registration.
Luckily, I found out that I could switch my distance to the half marathon, but I don’t get a refund of the difference between the two races. Which is kinda lame, but not bad at this point of registration (I’d be out $10).
But, when I started the process of switching to the half marathon — I just couldn’t do it. At least not now. The thought of doing it seemed ridiculous, but a part of me nagged back and told me just to do it. Then logic started kicking in — and no logic wasn’t telling me to switch — but, logic rationalized with me that this would be a great way to stay motivated during the winter months.
Which is a valid point. That was one of my reasons for signing up in 2014. It’s very motivating to keep going to the gym and getting your miles in when you don’t feel like it, but knowing you’ve got 26.2 to run in a few weeks.
So, I just can’t. I can’t. I can’t switch to the intended 13.1 miles.
I am not sure if this is marathon brain thanks to the weekend’s St. George Marathon or just another bout of illogical runners logic? Either way, I’m going to sit on this for a bit. I figure if I do change my mind I can switch down to the half marathon or sell my bib to someone else. But, will that happen? Probably not. I’m kind of liking this idea of using the marathon as motivation to train during the winter months.
I haven’t started looking at a training plan. I am sure there will have to be some amended weekends in April since that’s my busiest non-running month with PrepperCon, etc. But, I am sure I’ll have no problem figuring that all out. As long as I get in one or two 20 milers I should be good.
But, I have to laugh, because I am pretty sure I signed up for the marathon as a Clydesdale with an expected finish time of 2:30 hours. I’m not sure if I want to change that? Maybe I’ll get some kind of elite benefits? Or maybe I’ll just feel like a Clydesdale masquerading as a show pony? Either way — it made me laugh quite heartily.
Maybe this is a blessing in disguise? Maybe this is what I need for my winter training to better prepare me for a summer of half marathons? Not sure? But, whatever the case I am preparing myself to prepare myself for another marathon — marathon #11.
RACE #37: Ogden Half Marathon (2:23:15), May 18, 2013. Wet, wet, wet! I won an entry into the half marathon after registering for the full. And, I'm glad I did. I gifted my full bib to Susette and just ran the half. I would have died if I did the full in the rain. I was simply not prepared to get that wet and cold. I hardly had anything in my drop bag so after the race I was shivering while waiting for Susette to finish the marathon (she was my ride). I learned from that mistake and always came prepared to Ogden and other races where there was a chance of rain. #race37 #ogdenhalf #running @ogdenmarathon @joshruns180 @josherwalla
RACE #62: Ogden Marathon (6:12:16), May 17, 2014. Trained for this marathon incognito so I could surprise my friend @beccajwood who was running her first marathon. I was prepared, but race day conditions were hot! Becky ran ahead of me, but I caught up with her during the last three miles of the race after she nearly got pulled from the course from heat exhaustion. It was fun surprising Becky and seeing her accomplish something she once thought impossible. #race62 #ogdenmarathon #running @ogdenmarathon @joshruns180 @josherwalla
RACE #92: Ogden Half Marathon (2:42:16), May 16, 2015. A wet, wet race. But, having learned from past races I came prepared. I packed a complete change of clothes that I changed into in a handicapped port-a-potty after my race. After I changed I went and hung out at the last intersection of the race and cheered on friends and strangers who were running the marathon. It was a lot of fun. I just tried to cheer them on or make them laugh seeing how some were so miserable. #race92 #ogdenhalf #running @ogdenmarathon @joshruns180 @josherwalla
RACE #119: Ogden Half Marathon (3:33:15), May 21, 2016. Another rainy Ogden Marathon. But, this go around it came with 30MPH wind gusts. It was pretty miserable. Ran with Tim and Jill until Jill separated from us at mile 5. We didn't see her run ahead so we waited at a couple aid stations for her. This slowed down our time along with the dang wind. I was just happy to get myself to the finish line and to some dry clothes. #race119 #ogdenhalf #running @ogdenmarathon @joshruns180 @josherwalla