Although I was looking forward to the training break after Army Ten Miler, I’ll share a secret with you: I’ve had a bit of race envy. As I’ve heard about everybody’s fabulous fall races via Social Media, I’ve been itching to finalize my plans for my next major race. And volunteering at yesterday’s Marine Corps Marathon gave me the final push to pull the trigger and register for my next big race.
This wasn’t a spur of the moment decision though. I’ve thought long and hard about where I want to run my next major race. I had incredible experiences at all three of my half marathons this year, but wanted #4 to be a new race.
I’ve heard nothing but fabulous things about the race that I’m registered for, and Runner’s World Magazine has rated this race as one of the country’s best half marathons. I cannot wait to experience this race for myself. The countdown to March 22nd is on, when I’ll be running…Shamrock Anthem Half Marathon!
And I didn’t just register for the half marathon. I figured if I’m going to make a trip to Virginia Beach for Shamrock Marathon weekend that I should jump completely in. I’m registered for the Dolphin Challenge, which means that I’ll complete the TowneBank 8k on Saturday followed by the Anthem Half Marathon on Sunday. I cannot wait to earn three pieces of bling down in Virginia Beach. And what’s even better? Although half marathon #3, Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach, was in the same town, the courses are completely different! I can’t wait to experience a different part of Virginia Beach!
And if this weren’t already exciting enough, I can’t wait to share this experience with my friend Kathleen from Sister to Sister Running. Kathleen and I have known each other since high school, and last saw each other when she and her sister were in town in April to run the Nike Women’s Half Marathon. She is currently on a quest to run a half marathon in each state, and Shamrock will be her Virginia race.
I’m beyond excited about this race! Training will officially start on November 17th, and just as with my other half marathons, I’ll be following one of Jeff Galloway’s training plans. I’ll share more about my training plan in a future post, but for now, the excitement of having registered has me motivated to keep up with my running between now and when training officially kicks off.
QOTD: Who else will be running in Virginia Beach during Shamrock weekend?