1. I've been thinking about it for a while. Why? Because the California International Marathon is 2 days (48 hours!) too late for me to become a marathon maniac. And I want wanna be one SO BAD! I probably wouldn't have cared if it hadn't been a mere 48 hours. But missing by such a small margin makes me whiny. (Cue Veruca Salt's shrill cry: "I want an Oompa Loompa now!")
2. And since it was on my mind, I happened to check the webpage this morning to see when the price increased and saw that... WHAT!?!? It will cost $10 more tomorrow! Ahh! The poor student in me couldn't let the price increase $10!!! (Despite the fact that not doing the marathon, and simply doing my runs per usual would be free... but that's just getting picky with details.)
Oh! And the other bonus: Pensacola is the same day as the Po-Boy Preservation Festival, which takes place a couple blocks from my house. So, yes. I will be taking full advantage of the fact I'll have burned a ga-zillion calories in order to justify pigging out when I get back to NOLA.
So, basically I was forced into it. It wasn't my fault. And now I'll be forced into more self-induced poverty. (No, really... I LOVE ramen noodles!) The trick will be that I want to PR at CIM 3 weeks later. I think it will be ok, since the weekend of Pensacola I was supposed to do a 10 mile pace run and a 20 mile LSD. I guess I'll turn that into a marathon. Maybe try to run the first 18-20 slow and then pick it up to marathon pace for the end?
Anyone have suggestions? Yes, I know this may have been a less than stellar move. So please... refrain from telling me I'm an idiot unless you simultaneously make me laugh.