All along, I'd been planning to run the Long Beach Half Marathon. On Monday, I made it official. I registered for the race and will run it Oct. 17.
Even though it was a rather small step - it took me a few minutes and was worried when my card was declined but then realized it was because I didn't enter the proper expiration date - it's still huge. It could have been so simple to just say "forget it" and move on. After all, the Mission Inn Half Marathon is $40, half of what I paid for Long Beach.
But I took the leap. I followed through with my goal, and I'll be out at Long Beach, running my second 13.1 of the year, third overall.
There is a great sense of finality when registering for a race. It's one thing to put a race tentatively on the calendar but quite another to pay for it and cement it on the calendar. Now it seems real. Now I can focus on the race, plan out my upcoming weeks, hit the speedwork hard, study the course, figure out the pre-race logistics... all quite exciting and motivating!
So I'll be bringing you quite a bit on the Long Beach Half Marathon from now until I run the race, number eight of 2010. That alone makes it a motivating event.