Signing up for a race at an expo can save some dinero. At the SD RNR Expo I signed up for the Tinkerbell Half Marathon taking place in January 2012.
They did not have reg for the kids races (my mini-mes are going to run) but signing up for the half saved me about $10.
Here is why I am currently feeling weird. Unlike competitor events where registration is online at an expo, I filled out an old school paper form and gave the gal my payment info. She handed me a “Run Disney” bag and said “Congratulations you are registered.” Feeling uncomfortable about not getting a receipt or something I have checked my bank account for the past week and a half. So far no sign of payment posting. Hmmmm. My friend Maureen registered at the expo and received a confirmation via email on Friday. This prompted me to email the race director and am waiting to hear back. If I see a huge debit by someone in downtown Disney I’ll know my registration turned into someone’s christmas shopping!
Today’s Workout: 30 min spin, 30 min strength training (arms/shoulders/back/core)
An interesting article in this months Runner’s World called “What’s Your Goal.” One of the runner’s talks about the benefits of run/walking. He has a marathon PR of 2:53 and has incorporated walking in every single race.
Ian Kitley ran his first marathon in an impressive 2:56:37. But when he used a run/walk strategy for his second, he finished in 2:53:27. For that race, he ran 19-to 20-minute stretches at 6:24 pace and walked through every water station (except the last one) for at least 40 seconds. “Whenever I got tired, I reminded myself I just needed to make it to the next station and I could give my muscles a break.” His goal now is to use the technique to break 2:50 in Berlin in September. Though it’s clearly working for him, Kitley’s strategy needs fine-tuning if he’s to hit his target. “I’ve been training through trial and error,” he says
Interesting strategy! I like the way this guy thinks. Give the body short rest breaks, fuel and then push hard. The article goes on to say that walking actually helps improve your running by shifting the workload and allowing a runner to go further. In addition the chance of injury declines and recovery time is shorter.
I like this article a lot. I have always felt like I would be “weak” or a “failure” if I took walk breaks but looking back my marathon PR included walking through water stations. Hmmmm. Time to re-evaluate.