Saturday, May 28, 2011


 A week from tomorrow is the 13th San Diego Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon/Marathon run event.  This will be my third half marathon for this year, and my 13th half marathon overall.  Am I sad that I'm not running a full marathon?  Not at all.  I'm glad I'm running the half.  I'm also anxious to see if the event coordinators listened to all of the complaints from last year.  I do know that they've repaved that crappy overflow parking and have planted several young trees where the post race festivities will be held.  Last year that lot was rather dismal and disheveled.  I've heard that they've taken care of the shuttle situation to eliminate long lines and long waits, and parking should be better, but, of course, that all remains to be seen. 

I'm not a true numbers person, but it appears that the numbers for race day are looking good.  I'm not sure why, but odd numbers work for me.  The marathon/half marathon is listed as the 13th San Diego Rock 'n' Roll event.  This will be my 13th half marathon.  I'm in corral 13, which makes my bib number start with 13, and all the numbers in my bib are all odd.   Perhaps it's a stretch, and maybe somewhat of a placebo for my psyche, but the numbers look good to me.  13 isn't a lucky/unlucky number*, but it's showing up a lot for this event.  I don't believe in being lucky or unlucky.  It's all about hard work and training. You get out of it what you put into it, and you have to accept the unknown factors, blah, blah, blah. That being said,  I wonder if I can work the number 13 into my finish time?

Oh yeah, a half marathon is 13.1 miles.

Tuesday's Song:
Telephone - Lady Gaga


On a more serious note, I will be running this half marathon in memory of my friend Michelle, who would have celebrated her birthday on that same day, June 5.

*I have no lucky/unlucky numbers


Jill said...

That's so cool you're running for your friend on what would be her birthday - you have such a heart of gold!!

Lots of halves this year for you, girl - so glad you're back on the circuit feeling mighty fine!! :)

Lisa said...

Best wishes next weekend!

Btw, how is your garden doing? Mine is finally doing okay after losing 15 plants (grrrr!) due to rabbits. But a friend helped me rabbit proof the gate and now everything is doing okay. And about 4 of the nibble to the ground plants are actually bouncing back.

Also, we love our "new" (used) Fit! I would have been fine with a "no frills" one, but it was a used car and we got what we could find, which was a sport.

misszippy said...

Love your header.

I'm guessing next week's event will be bittersweet for you. good luck with it!

Andrew Opala said...

How about finishing the half in 1:13.

Awesome that you are remembering.

Miss Rachel said...

Nice that you are running in your friend's memory.

I don't really believe in lucky and unlucky numbers so I certainly don't think 13 is an unlucky number. I think it's a cool number.

The song? I know a song called Thirteen by Big Star.

Chris K said...

What kind of crack has Andrew been smoking up in Canada?

I hope you have a good race Irene. I can assure that you will not be seeing me spectate. Hopefully I can meet you and the gang after.

sdrunner said...

I ran the full last year (my first), but chickened out and am only doing the half next week. Good luck, hopefully you will get in a 13 in your finish time!

Anne said...

Interesting background on the blog now. Me like!

I hope you have a good race next week.

Black Knight said...

Ciao Michelle.
I am sure that 13 will be your lucky number.
I wish a better organization.
Good luck and take a lot of pictures.

Meg said...

I'm excited for you, we'll be cheering you all on! I hope the weather is nice but cool, enjoy. I love it that you are running for your friend, it just makes it that much more significant. ENJOY!!

iJuls said...

Hugs to you. In memory of Michelle.

Anne said...

How touching that you are running in memory of your friend on her birthday. I think she'll be with you and that will be what brings you luck. Have a great race!!!