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The bib I will never get to wear, take II…

Went down to DC to get my packet for the Army Ten Miler today – and got another reminder of how maddening this stress fracture has been. I have been looking forward to this race for about five years now, and this is the second time I have registered and DNSed it 😦

The expo at least was enjoyable and pretty empty, so it was possible to actually look around and not feel super rushed. Got lots of free water bottles!

I am planning on completing 10 miles in some upright fashion on Sunday, even if I have to be on the elliptical through the entire Ravens game (and judging by the way they’ve been playing lately it might be a better use of my time). I know I should be happy that I’m healing and working on making myself stronger for the long run (ha, no pun intended), but that’s just so damn difficult to appreciate right now when all I want to do is complete one damn race, even if I’m the last one across the line.

I know it would be foolish, but there’s a part of me that really wants to get up at 4:00am on Sunday to drive down and at least attempt to walk the race. I know that part of me needs to be beaten into submission, but I’m having a very hard time refuting its argument right now.

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Fall’s a comin!

I just booked my room for the Army Ten Miler!! So excited to actually run it this year! 🙂

We’re staying outside of the district and just taking the metro in to save on costs. However, that means we were able to get a room with a kitchen! Yay for no sketchy, gastrointestinally-questionable pre-race meals (and not having to jerry-rig a coffee maker in a bathroom – ew – as a toaster).

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I got into the Army Ten Miler!

It took 35 very frustrating minutes last night after midnight, but I was able to get registered. I would have been done 15-20 minutes earlier if I hadn’t somehow ended up with two registrations in my basket – when I went to delete one and go back to the checkout cart, it booted me back to the main page and I had to start all over… Despite all of the troubles last night it looks like it sold out in just over 9 hours this year, about the same as last year.

Last time I registered for the ATM was in 2010, but I had to DNS because b-school orientation completely derailed my training and there was no way I would have been able to run the race, no less run it well. I’ve been wanting to do this race for several years and am really excited to be able to have the opportunity to do it this year! Everything I’ve heard about it makes it sound like a really fantastic event and I can’t wait until October!