This is actually not about a race I have done. It’s about one I wanted to do.
Looking over my marathon training plan, which I hope comes to actual completion with a Marathon….
I saw a few opportunities to do some half Marathons.
One looked perfect.
the Running for the Bay Half Marathon up in Northern Florida. I have not been to that area and the idea of doing a run and then spending the next day exploring some of the Islands up there was tempting. So much so that I asked for 2 days off to do it.
Then I saw the price of the race…
85.00 since July! Thats a fairly steep price for an inaugural race which can not promise anything except a certified course along the bay.
Since I had the time off approved, I decided to bite the registration price bullet.
The I attempted to look for a hotel for the night.
There is one Best Western in the area that is completely booked for that night. So I started calling all the Fluffy Victorian Bed and Breakfasts…
I’ve always found the Victorian style to be a bit overwhelming. One or pieces here and there are interesting and fun, but the whole floral thing and overstuffed things make me a little nervous. In addition, the cost of staying at one of these places is just really just as Bloated Victorian as the furniture.
I started calling places. All Booked, except for one place that is 2 blocks form the start line that is trying to have a “Murder Mystery Weekend” they would have done better to just have bowed to the runners and let them stay there instead. We are generally not that sloppy, though we do take several showers I suppose.
I emailed the race director asking if there was a plan for adequate parking as I could not find anything open within 20 miles of the race site. I noted on the web site that parking is “to be decided” which means, they have no idea how they will handle the traffic that this race will bring.
Then all of a sudden it dawned on me. THIS is RIDICULOUS!
The whole point of the race was to run the long run with some others, and also to see a different part of Florida. It was definitely not to end up encased in Victorian Ruffle….
and spending a great deal more money than I wanted to spend.
getting stuck in traffic messes, etc etc.
So, i’m not doing that race. I would have forked out the 85.00 but no, I’m going to just stay home. Ther eis nothing else really scheduled for racing that distance at all in that time frame.
THere is another Inaugural race in December it is in the opposite direction, South Florida…
It is the Mangrove Marathon and Half.
The late registration fee for this race is 70.00 Since I would be registering on time, (2 months ahead of the race rather than the other races 4 months ahead) the price is 50.00. The course will also be certified, and is right close to
JN “DIng Darling National Wildlife Refuge which I would probably enjoy visiting with my camera.
There are multiple regular people priced hotels within 2 miles of the race site. I’m talking best Westerns Comfort Inns. They aren’t as nice as beach cottages, but…they are nice and simple and somewhat anonymous. I never really am one to chat a lot with B and B owners.
the bonus of waiting until December to actually run the half in a race is that I have a few more months to train as well and would expect that the time would be better then….
So, I have asked for 4 days off. Sent the Assistant Manager and Scheduler a personal email.
Lets hope I can do it. I sure do wish I could find someone who liked to trudge through the swamps to go with me, but
most of my friends as more into Manicures and Martini’s on vacation. I may need some new friends!!!!
So, Marathon and Half Marathon organizers….if you build it they might or might not come, depending on how organized you are about it!