April 5, 2013

Journey to 26.2: Race Registration (001)

For many moons, I've thought about running a full marathon.  Lots of people run them, so why couldn't I?  After all, my Mom ran one last January as part of the Goofy Challenge.  After talking to Angela over Princess Half weekend about the social pressure of running a full marathon, it really got me thinking.  Why not?  I've been running for a while now and I'm getting acclimated to it as a lifestyle.  And I genuinely like half marathons.  I'm getting pretty good at them - I know how to train, I know how to taper, I know what to expect.  They're a known commodity.  I've never been the type to rest on my laurels and this comfort had been giving me some angst recently.  I knew what this meant.  It was time to very seriously consider a marathon.  And when the runDisney Dopey Challenge can onto the scene, I knew exactly what I would do - select a fall marathon for my first solo 26.2 and then take on the 48.6 mile challenge in January. 

I was very lucky to get into the Marine Corps Marathon when its registration opened up last Wednesday.  For those of you who follow my personal account on Twitter (@imperfectcak), you probably sensed a bit of frustration.  After hitting the "register" link immediately at noon and proceeding through the initial screens, the page crashed.  And I refreshed, and it crashed again.  Repeat this process for about an hour - no joke.  There were a few blips of hope when I made it to the payment screen on several occasions only for the page to crash.  I was frantically checking the Marine Corps Marathon Facebook and Twitter accounts for updates.  I navigated to the registration manually through the main Active page instead of going straight to the site.  I tried everything I could think of and finally I simply gave up.  I had work to tend to and admitted defeat. 
Typos abound when you're frustrated!

Miraculously, about 20 minutes later, my buddy Katie texted me saying the site seemed to open up and asking if I wanted her to try to try to register me.  My excitement was renewed.  I started thinking that maybe I might get in.  A little while later, she started pumping me for info - my active account, shirt size, expected finish, payment information....and then it happened.  I was IN!!!!!

I would be lying if I didn't say it was a bit of a roller coaster, complete with excitement, annoyance, frustration, sadness and finally, happiness.  At last, I was taking on 26.2.  How fabulous is that?!  And a week later, I found this on Facebook and a more lengthy note in my inbox...bravo, Active!


What did you feel when you registered for a big race?
{Christine}

36 comments:

  1. Congratulations! How exciting! I still remember how it felt. My friend suggested it and I thought it was a crazy idea so I registered immediately because I didn't want to have any time to talk myself out of it!

    Good luck with training!

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    1. Thanks so much...it is kinda scary though!

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  2. So exciting! When I registered for my first marathon, I was nauseous for a week with nerves and excitement and sometimes dread. Good luck with your training! I can't wait to follow your story to the finish line!

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    1. Thanks Jamie....looking forward to the experience!

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  3. Eeekkk! So excited for your journey!! A few friends from my running group are running this as well. Best of luck to you! So glad you finally got in!

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    1. Karen, Yes, I was super lucky that Katie helped me out. Now is the hard part, figuring out the training!

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  4. I've been nervous since I joined my charity team this year! Ill be there with you girl!

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    1. So excited that you are running the same first marathon as me! We will have to keep in touch about training!

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  5. i registered for the MCM this year as my first full also and although I miraculously got a golden ticket (due to 17.75k race weekend before registration) I will say that I registered with ice on my foot and a whole lot of nervousness as I didnt know why my foot was killing me. i look forward to reading about your journey as i go through my own and who knows, maybe i will see you at the start!

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  6. Thanks Becca. So nice to get a golden ticket...it is crazy how difficult race registration can be for the more popular races.

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  7. I ran two full marathons before I evern set foot on a half. I firmly believe that once you set your mind to do something (and follow through with the training) you can do anything. Since you have a base from running halfs (halves?) you should adapt well. I can't wait to read about it!

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    1. Thanks Jennifer! I am really excited about this new distance and the challenge of training for the full marathon!

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  8. You go girl! I wish you the best of luck and know that you will just kill it. I know what you mean about the nerves. I SO want to try a full, but until the knees stop giving me grief, that will have to stay on the back burner for a while. Know that I will be living my full dream vicariously through you!:) Now...GET THIS DONE!

    Kimberley

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    1. Thanks Kimberley....I hope your knees get better soon so you can live a dream of your own. Thanks so much for the support!

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  9. You've got this girl! I can't wait to hear about your first marathon and see how DOPEY goes! You will rock it!!

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    1. Thanks for the encouragement Sarah. I am excited to see how things progress as I get deep into training.

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  10. Ugh, registration for MCM was so frustrating, but I'm glad you're in! We'll have to try to meet up!

    When I began running I was registered for my first half marathon (Wine & Dine) and I loved the experience of training so much I registered for a full marathon (runDisney of course!) before I even did the half!

    Looking forward to following your training!

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    1. Thanks Danielle. I will probably be staying with friends, but yes, we definitely should try to meet up! You should do well after your last half when you smashed the 2 hour mark!

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  11. Congrats! Can't wait to read about your first marathon and your training too (i'll be taking notes)! I don't think I'll be starting my journey to 26.2 until 2014!

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    1. Thanks Lauren, a new adventure and you can do it too.

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  12. Congrats! How exciting to be training for two big (but fun!) races. I know when I signed up for the Princess Half (that was my first half marathon), my first feeling was "what did I get myself into?!" but as I trained and my running progressed, it motivated me and eventually I started to feel like it was all possible!
    I once read that all of the work is in the training and the marathon (or race) is the party...you have two big parties to look forward too!
    Enjoy the journey and happy running! :)

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  13. Congrats on getting registered! It can be so frustrating when a site has technical issues like that, especially during a time sensitive event. I can't wait to read more about your journey to the marathon!

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  14. Woohoo! That's soooo exciting! You are going to do fabulous! I've heard this is a great race and perfect for your first marathon!!!

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    1. Thanks Mindy! My aunt ran this race years ago and it was her first marathon too!

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  15. Awesome! See you at Dopey Pam! I felt relief after I hit that purchase button last night.

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    1. Thanks Lisa, Both Christine and I will be Dopey in January!

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  16. That's is so awesome Christine! I know you will do great in both those races! That's a bummer that registration was so messed up, but I'm happy to see them stepping up to the plate about the mistake. Keep us posted on your training!

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    1. Thanks for the encouragement Monica. I will be held accountable to the training by posting about it....stay tuned!

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  17. Eager to follow your progress, hoping to pick up hints along the way. I'm registered for Dopey and I've never run a marathon. So we are sort of in the same boat. Good luck with your training!!

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    1. Thanks Rick. Good luck with your training as well!

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  18. congrats!! This will be a great marathon to run!

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  19. Good luck with your training! My sorority sister ran it last year (her first long distance race beyond 5K) and loved it! I hear nothing but amazing things about the Marine Corps Marathon!

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    1. I have heard the same thing. The course support is supposed to be fabulous and I have already enlisted some of my friends to cheer!

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  20. Congrats on making it in! That can be so frustrating. Good luck on the training and the journey to 26.2!

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    1. Thanks Emily! Looking forward to the race and training with anticipation and trepidation!

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