So, I’m officially registered to run the 2012 Marine Corps Marathon! With 30,000 other crazies. I logged on dutifully at 3:00pm yesterday (thank you alert in my Outlook calendar!) and after maybe a dozen “Server Unavailable/Try Again Later” messages I got a registration form! I was all registered by 3:20, so what felt like a big frustration was nothing. Turns out, I was only one of 15,948 people trying to refresh that same screen, so I suppose that makes sense.
“Marking the fastest sellout in the history of marathon events, the MCM has sold out 30,000 available online entries in 2 hours, 41 minutes, besting the previous registration record of eight hours for the 2011 Boston Marathon. As the MCM opened registration today at 3:00 p.m. EST, runners registered in a fervent pace with more than 15,948 runners securing their spots in just the first hour”
So, we’ll have a lot of over-zealous, persistent runners this year! I’m pretty stoked to be one of them.
This will be my first marathon. I’m not quite sure when the bug bit me… I contemplated training last fall for a local one but the timing was all wrong for one reason or another. Raleigh’s was the same day Margo was being baptized. Plus, it was a last minute idea.
I decided if I’m gonna do this, let’s do it right. Let’s do the coolest marathon I have heard of, a flat course with crowd support and awesome scenery. Let’s give me plenty to time to get my stuff together training-wise. Let’s give me lots of time to get used to the fact that I’m going to be a RUNNING MACHINE for the majority of this year!
And guys? I’m SO excited. The whole drama of registering yesterday made it occur to me that maybe I wouldn’t get in, which made me really sad. So, in a way, all the up and down assured me this was really what I wanted.
I’ve only just begun to look at training plans, starting (of course) with Hal Higdon. If anyone has any tips or encouragement for me, I’m all ears (or…eyes?)