I was looking for running blogs this morning, and through the magic of internet surfing, found www.tickerfactory.com which allows you to create a ticker for anything from exercise goals and money goals to more personal goals. I happily created a ticker for myself for a running goal of 20 miles a week. It's very doable, since I've done it before, and if I put it on my blog, I know someone is watching to see if I do it every week!
I also drank too much coffee this morning, and am waiting for it to settle before I go out and run. It's a beautiful, coolish morning--much better than yesterday's hot and muggy enough to be icky weather. I have a few days off in a row this week, and a few night shifts at the end of the week, so I will have plenty of running opportunities! I am participating in the Run The Flood race on June 12th. It is a 7 mile run through areas of Cedar Rapids which were horribly flooded in June 2008, and my entry fee goes to the Block By Block Organization which helps to rebuild devastated areas one block at a time.
I ran this race last year, and was happy with my 71 minute time. The route is very flat and winds through neighborhoods and downtown near Mercy Hospital, which all was under water just two years ago. It's great to run a race in Cedar Rapids, where I only have to drive a few minutes to compete and not stay at a hotel!
So, here is my question: There is a half marathon Sept. 5th in Cedar Rapids. As far as I know, it's the first half marathon in CR! Should I do it? I am running the half marathon in Des Moines with my friend C-Joy in Oct., so if I do this, it will be three half marathons this year! Since my unpleasant and frustrating half marathon last weekend, I need to prove to myself I can do better. I have a few weeks to decide.