Last-Minute Half Marathon Registration

by - Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Last Friday I made a a snap decision to register for the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon that's coming up this weekend.


My friend Zach, who you might remember from the Frederick Half Marathon, had accidentally claimed one of the free entries from and was trying to find someone who would be interested in a free entry on such short notice.

Frederick Half finish

Turns out it's kind of hard to give away something free, when it requires the other person be able to run 13 miles.

I'm not one to turn down a free race entry, especially when there is a sweet medal involved, but I was concerned I might not be able to finish the race and then get to my football game in time.


After going all crazy Type-A trying to figure out logistics, mapping directions from the finish line to the football field, estimating how long it would take me to run and then drive to the game, I realized that if I could finish the race by 10 a.m., I could run to my car and floor it to football and make it before game time.

I'm not trained well enough to race this course, so I plan to use it as a long run. Even taking it nice and easy, I should still cross the finish line in less than 2.5 hours.

Ideally I'm hoping I'll finish between 2:15 and 2:20, have enough time to grab some food, maybe get someone to take a finish line picture of me and my medal before heading to the game.

By the time I get to my game, I'll be plenty warmed up and ready to go. Either that, or my knees will be covered in ice packs and I'll be useless on the football field. I'm hoping for the former!

Call my crazy, but I can't think of a better way to spend my Sunday morning: Running a half marathon, playing touch football and then going home to spend the rest of the day camped out on the sofa watching the NFL.

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