Completing a marathon has always been on my bucket list which is weird because I just started running last year. I ran a 5K and a 10K and I loved them both. I also gained a new respect for marathoners. The time and commitment that goes into training is crazy. That being said I am modifying my bucket list… Half-Marathon.
I registered for the Seawheeze! I have been wanting to run this race for a while now. Registration was set to open January 23 at 1:00pm EST. Rumour had it this race sold out last year in like 10 minutes. FACT: It was more like 10 days, but still.
I logged in computer lab in the basement of my office at 12:50 (skipping the gym and eating lunch at my desk). I planned to sign up for this race with three friends (from 3 different time zones, England, Vancouver, Toronto), all online and ready to go. I spent the next 2 hours waiting for the page to load, reading error messages, logging into my work email remotely and refreshing the page.
By 3:00 I had given up… soon after I heard registration was closed. Heartbreak, I actually wanted to cry. #firstworldproblems. Turns out their system crashed as they weren’t expecting the high registration volumes. Update at 6:00 pm! Jeff and I grabbed sushi for dinner and jetted home for 6. UPDATE: Check back tomorrow at 3:00 PM.
3:00 PM UPDATE: Seawheeze is 20% sold. Registration reopens Monday, February 3 at 1:00 EST. Holy intense 24 hours. I feel like concert tickets are easier to get.
At 1:00 PM on Monday (I had the day off work) Jeff and I both were on our laptops and I was registered by 1:05! Phew. Good news, my friends got in too!
What’s so special about the Seaheeze Half? – Honestly, I don’t yet. Here is a list of reasons why I was drawn to it.
1. Lululemon puts it on. I don’t care what their CEO said about thighs rubbing (PS my thighs touch), Lulu makes amazing work out gear that lasts AND they stand behind their products. (I will have to write a whole other post on this). I love this company and I am so excited to participate in this weekend.
2. It’s in Vancouver! (a) The route looks unreal (scary and intimidating). (b) We get to make a trip out of it.
3. Race Date: August 23, 2014. We are expecting a baby boy on April 23, 2014. I thought signing up for this race would be the perfect incentive to stay healthy after the baby. And by healthy, I mean sane. I have been a little concerned about my mental health as a stay at home mom. Jeff is on board to watch the babe while I get my training runs in / Nicole time. Signing up for this half will force me to get off my butt!
4. The Experience. Check out this schedule!