I’m a total commitment-phobe when it comes to races. I pick my target events early. I get all hot and heavy with training, motivated to run longer and faster by the mere thought of the event. I hang race brochures and course maps above my desk. But I usually do all of this without actually registering for the event in question, waiting until the last possible minute (often, the morning of the race) to sign up. In a few instances, Steve and I have waited so long to register, we end up starting the race *after* the starting gun, relying on our chip times and the quick work of race officials to record our splits.
As with most commitment issues, mine stem from past heartbreak, when injuries foiled my plans to participate in half-marathons and open-water swims I signed up for months ahead of time. So it’s with no small amount of pride that I announce that I officially signed up for two races in one day on Friday, the Daiquiri Deck Tropical Splash Open Water 5K Swim in Sarasota, Fla., on Oct. 2 and the Marine Corps 10K, a companion race to the Marine Corps Marathon on Oct. 31.
There were a few different distance options for the swim, and my signing up for the longest distance is a bit of a leap of faith—as in, I have to squeeze in a long swim sometime this week to make sure I can cover the distance. As for the 10K, making another attempt at successfully nailing this strange middle-distance race will give me a reason to stop ditching my running workouts for time on the stationary bike, which lets me read my Outdoor Emergency Care (ski-patrol medical) book while I work out. This means a long swim today, and a speed workout on Wednesday.
First up, though, is Ragnar D.C., which I signed up for with my running buddies months ago. We leave on Friday (Friday!) for the 200-mile, overnight relay. Stay tuned for the race preview later this week.