I guess I like torture. That's the only explanation I can come up with. I like to torture myself.
I'm taking a look at running in this half-marathon, the Camp Pendleton Heartbreak Ridge 13.1 Marathon, to be precise. It's on Sept. 19, which would be perfect actually. I'd love to run some sort of race in September, a longer race, and the other 13.1 marathon I'd consider is way overpriced (the Disneyland Half Marathon charges $120 compared to $40 for this one).
This course, though, is something else. It wouldn't be as easy as the Run Through Redlands... and that wasn't exactly "easy." But compared to this, it might seem that way.
From the Web site:
COURSE: 13.1-mile course, 90% gravel off-road through the breathtaking rolling hills of Camp Pendleton in the 43 area. Course is on packed fire-roads. This race draws over 1,000 runners who compete for awards in 50 categories. This course offers a little bit of everything - it’s an out and back course, including rolling hills and some flat and fast stretches intermixed throughout. Course support is plentiful with water/electrolyte replacement and medical aid stations throughout.
Um, yeah, the whole "breathtaking rolling hills" part sort of throws me off. Do they mean the view is breathtaking or that the terrain will beat you up so much that it will take your breath away? I'm guessing the latter.
I'm up for a challenge and if I do run a marathon, I don't think it will be this year (that blog post is coming so keep an eye out for it!).
I think the October Mud Run is already sold out, wait, let me check.... yeah, it's sold out. As of April 4. So that's out of the question. I'll need something to train for and dread and fear and be anxious over this fall, and this race might be it. So for now, I'm setting my sights on this half marathon. And I can tell you right now, there's no way on God's green earth that I will come close to two hours, nor will I care.
I'd be happy just to walk away with my breath intact.
Here's the course map:
Yeah, not easy.