I registered for The Harpeth Hills Flying Monkey Marathon.
This marathon is here in Nashville, and it takes place entirely in Percy Warner/Edwin Warner parks... pretty much the hilliest parks in Nashville.
I train there often, and I think that's why I didn't feel all that phased by the hills of San Francisco last week. Or maybe the fact that San Francisco didn't kill me last week, I feel like I can handle 26.2 miles in these parks. Either way, I knew that I wanted to run this race in my own city at some point, and this is going to be the year.
Registration opened at 8am, and with only 200 spots available I wanted to be sure I got one. It's a good thing - it sold out in 32 minutes!
The race isn't until November 21, but it'll be my next full marathon. I won't have a time goal since it'll be the toughest course I've ever run in a full. Plus, I'm using it as training for the Goofy Challenge that I'm doing in Disney World in January. I figure it's wise to run a marathon before trying to go run a half and full in the same weekend, and since my goal for Disney isn't time-related, it feels perfect to run a tough marathon where the challenge is to complete it more so than to run a certain time.
It's not flat. It's not fast. It's not even certified. It's just a "back to the basics" kind of race. No chip timing - just a clock and some mile markers. And some aid stations. And you get a t-shirt and really cool medal. So it's kind of like a normal race, but not really.
I'm pretty excited. I'm crazy for wanting to run this (and maybe for paying $70 to do it when I could go run the course for free on any weekend)... but I think that it's going to be one of those things that I'll always be glad I did. It'll be a challenge. I KNOW those hills, and some of them suck. The beauty is I can train on them beforehand!
So last Sunday I ran one tough marathon, and this Sunday I registered for another.
I suppose it's time to start creating my training plan. I want to focus on my half marathon in October and try to PR at it at the same time I'm training for this marathon in November and the Goofy in January. It's going to be an interesting fall I think!