Hey everyone! If you read my post yesterday, you know I’ve got some big news that I’m dying to share with everyone. And today I’m FINALLY able to share it with you! A few weeks ago I discovered Amanda’s awesome blog, Shapin’ Up. Amanda was running a giveaway for the Love Run, which is a new half marathon in Philadelphia! The inaugural race is on March 30th and I was dying to sign up, but decided to enter Amanda’s contest first. I sent her a tweet, Facebook message, and email telling her why I love running and out of all the people that entered, I was chosen as the winner! I’ve never been so excited to win something in my life! I mean, how often do you win something off of your Christmas list? And how often do you get to run a huge new race in your own city? The funny part is that my husband admitted that he knew how badly I wanted to run this race, but couldn’t afford the race fee after buying me all of my other presents so he decided not to buy it for me. It’s the first time I’ve been glad that he didn’t buy me something I really wanted!
Now here comes the tricky part: I’ve never run a half marathon before! My first half marathon is on February 23rd, so I’ll have 5 weeks between my first two half marathons! So any tips are appreciated. Amanda’s running the race and gave me great advice already, so I’m just going to continue training for the Disney Princess Half and see what happens. I’ve been told that Disney Princess is such a slow, fun race that I can use that basically as a 13.1 mile training run towards the Love Run. As someone whose farthest run is currently 7 miles (and who ate a lot of leftover Christmas cookies today), this is probably easier said than done. But I’m looking for a new challenge and something to keep me motivated throughout the winter months, and this is perfect!
Are you interested in signing up? Check out the Love Run registration page here! The race currently costs $85 but the prices will increase tomorrow so you’ve got to move fast! What do you get with that $85? A sweet tech shirt, a medal, a finish line party complete with a coffee and hot chocolate bar and soft pretzels (ummm what!), a personalized bib, free finish line photos, and an “I LOVE to finish” coffee mug filled with treats to eat at the finish line! Plus you get to be one of the first ever finishers of the Love Run and run a pretty sweet course through Philly’s best sights (click here for the course map)! I’m beyond excited to be part of the inaugural race and I hope I’ll see some of you there as well! And I’ve got to thank Amanda again for the awesome giveaway! Check out her blog here!
Have you ever run 2 half marathons with only a few weeks in between? Any advice for me as I train for both races? And who is going to sign up to race with me?