|This race heads east in 2013! Credit|
But this time around, I'm psyched about a new race that's happening more than 500 miles away from home. Here's why I'm ready to break my routine and sign up, stat!
- It's the Nike Women's Half Marathon. I've wanted to run the San Francisco race FOR-EV-ER, hills and all, to get that Tiffany bling at the finish line. The race vibe sounds too cool to miss, unless you're religious about running the Chicago Marathon, turn yourself into a total cripple (or expect to) on race day, and know that the only way you could survive San Fran was cheering a friend from the sidelines and having a Segway on call to power up the city's hills. Ahem, that's me.
- It's in Washington, D.C. I have runner friends and family who live in and around our nation's capital. Surely, I can fire them up to run with me? After all, some of us have been talking about running another race together since 2009. And I've never run in D.C.--not even a training run--so I'm in for a surprising race course.
- It's in April. After a winter of hibernating (I don't run when it's 7 degrees and blowing snow) and hitting the slopes instead of the trails, this April 28 race is exactly what I need to get me running when the ground thaws.
- It's open for registration. Nike knows how popular its San Francisco classic is--runners are admitted via a lottery system--so it did the same for its East Coast edition. Registration for the random draw doesn't end until December 6, which means I still have a few weeks to round up some running buddies. And I already have a place to stay (thanks family!), making it even more worth my while to register.
Photo grabbed from susanlk74 at flickr.