If anyone out there has been thinking, “I’d really love to pay an organization $50.00 so I can run 13.1 miles in Indianapolis on Saturday, May 3, 2008,” (and I know you have) you’d better hurry up and register for the Indianapolis 500 Mini-Marathon because I hear it’s at 80% capacity. The Mini-Marathon is the largest half-marathon in the US with 35,000 participants and this year one of them is me! And no, I don’t know why they call it a mini-marathon instead of a half-marathon. Somebody must really love alliteration. I’d love to meet any of y’all who are coming and I’m sure we can arrange a meet-up. There is even a pasta dinner the night before which you know I will have to attend since I’m the PastaQueen. There is a 5K run on the same day as the half-marathon if you feel like sleeping in later and keeping the mileage down on your shoes. Sadly, the 5K doesn’t include a lap around the Indianapolis 500 Motorway, which I am looking forward to simply so I can make “Vroom, vroom” noises as I finish that lap and mime with my hand that I’m driving a car. A really, really, slow car.
The half-marathon will be happening right around the time my book is coming out, so it will all be very cute since I lost half my weight, wrote a book called Half-Assed, and will be running a half-marathon. And surely in the weeks before the race I will think this whole idea was half-baked as I am struggling to complete a 10-mile run.
Even without all that, I am really looking forward to training for this race, simply to see what my new body can do. I find it’s important to keep challenging myself and the mini-marathon is my next big challenge. Let’s hope my Achilles tendon will cooperate!