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.
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