Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Fancy Oatmealers!
I’ve never been a huge participant in this particular holiday, other than wearing green, which is really easy to do when you’re a Michigan State fan and half of your wardrobe encourages you to, “GO GREEN! GO WHITE!”
Literally the shirt I’m wearing right now is commanding the same thing; if I weren’t three shades of disgusting from a week-long battle with the flu I’d snap a photo and share. But whatever your thoughts and celebratory plans are for today, I wish you all the best!
Yesterday, I began feeling better, more energetic, and after reading three days worth of running blogs, I became inspired. I became inspired to sign up for 26.2 miles of racing fun this summer.
Wait. wait. Hold your applause. A little explanation is required.
Let it be known that I have absolutely ZERO desire to ever run 26.2 miles in one day (some weeks even), so no I did not sign up for a marathon. I did, however, register for TWO HALVIES this summer!!!!
My first race of the summer will be:
I am not all that familiar with the neighborhoods that the race goes through, but thankfully the website had a very thorough description:
Um, wait. What??
The second half marathon that I signed up for was “The Legend” that is hosted by the Sleepy Hollow State Park.
I Googled this race as the website didn’t offer a whole lot. I am somewhat familiar with the park, especially because this is where I had my Senior pictures taken – sorry, no pictures of that are available. While in my
mindless internet piddling research, I found a few reviews from other bloggers.
According to John at Not Syncing, “The 13.1 mile course meanders around 410-acre Lake Ovid, crossing unkempt grassy fields between areas of densely forested terrain. The elevation changes were mostly uninteresting, with just one uphill steep enough for me to walk a portion of it (and even that was only because I was being a wimp). Compared to the trail run in May and my training runs in Saugatuck Dunes, the elevation changes were a non-issue.” He also included this photo of the course:
The folks over at Faster Than Forty also wrote a raving review of the course, and I was encouraged to hear that, “The Legend is the perfect first-time trail race,” said race director Randy Step. “It’s not as difficult as many trail events and there’s no huge elevation change.” Thank you for not being a hilly hog like the DX-AA.
“The runners go around Lake Ovid as well as other, smaller lakes in the park. The race can get a bit dirty considering there are some muddy and wet areas, but getting dirty is half the fun. There are few short-steep hills as well, but none that are so long that they will bring about cardiac arrest.”