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Why I Am Happy to Pay Expensive Race Registration Fees

A friend I made during the last 3 miles. It was so helpful to have someone to talk to as the running got tough and we definitely helped push each other to the end, both finishing under 2:10!

I have heard people complain about the registration fees for races, especially those longer than 10 miles which can easily cost over $100. Although I certainly don’t like shelling out so much money just to run, I definitely understand the fees. Allow me to illustrate the need for such high registration costs by pointing out a few things about the race I ran this weekend that started at $40 and went up to only $60 as race day approached.

1. Bathrooms? Who needs port-a-potties? The only place to take a quick bathroom break was the start and finish line. Luckily, I have never needed to stop and go during a race of any length, but unluckily several of my fellow racers yesterday were not so good at holding it. I had to watch far too many people, men and women, peeing along the side of the course. And some were not concerned about being discreet. Wonder how the course smells today…

2. You’re not thirsty, are you? Again, I am fortunate that I train without water or gel and was able to power through and wait til the end to rehydrate because this race was not concerned about keeping you hydrated. There were a couple places to grab a drink — maybe 4 or 5 water stops and 1 Gatorade — but no gels.

3. Safety? What’s that? Along the course there was very little support of any kind. I saw only one place where medical could have seen you and I saw several spots where older runners were sitting down on the sidewalk, struggling. There was no one I could tell that these runners might need help. And the biggest safety risk that is also one of the biggest costs of races? The roads were not closed! We were running with traffic, angry, pissed off traffic. There were times when cars were even crossing the course and runners had to stop and wait for cars to pass: not a problem on your training run, but not something you are apt to look out for during a race.

So if you are okay with no bathrooms, minimal hydration and no concern for your safety, then by all means, complain away about paying so much for a race. Otherwise, try to understand where the costs are coming from and how much work goes into putting together a safe, fun race.

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Run to Get There

If I am going to switch from racing under a mile to finishing a half marathon in less than two months, I have to run, run and then run a little more.

How do you squeeze run time into an already super busy day? Today, I got up extra early (as in before the sun) and went out for 3 miles with a friend. Between jobs, I joined a local run club for half of their fast run, adding about 2 more miles to my daily tally. And for the finale, I parked 2 miles away from my last job of the day and ran there and back for a grand total of 9 miles.

No, it’s not the same as going out and running 9 miles straight, but I got out there and got in 9 miles. And as for the long run in all one shot — I’ll leave that to Sunday when I have the company of some longer distance runner friends for motivation.

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Can a Sprinter Become a Half Marathoner in Just 6 Weeks?

I haven’t seen Kristie in several years. This year, as we both turn 30, we made a promise to each fly to the other for their birthday. I failed. Her birthday was in January, right in the middle of the Colgate Games track tournament that I was running in.

She understood and asked if, instead, I would come down in March and run her first half marathon with her. I won’t be ready for a half marathon, I argued. I’ve been training to race a mile or less.

But I am a good friend and I already missed her first big event of 2012, so how could I miss the second?

So here goes nothing. Do you think I can do it? Do you think I can switch from sprinting to distance in just 6 weeks?

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