The Texas leg of the race is on October 10, and is run on the course for the White Rock Marathon. The timing is perfect for the Texas Marathon Challenge, as it is about one month before San Antonio, and it's a lot closer than Marathon2Marathon.
I emailed Roger Soler, the guy that coordinates the TMC, to see if this race would qualify, and he said :
yes,,that will be fine!!!
And since three exclamation points is legally binding in every state of the union, I signed up. (not sure what the two commas mean)
So, it seems like a really unique race, and I'm very excited about it. And a little bit terrified. They don't close down the whole city like they do on a normal marathon, where I could shuffle along and drag my butt in anytime before sundown. Everybody runs together, with a police escort in the front, and a sag-wagon in the back, and I have to keep pace, or else!
On a normal day, I could never keep up with the dude who ran 100 miles to the start of the Napa Valley Marathon, and then ran a 3:15. But he's holding back for us mid-packers, and says he'll run between 4:30 and 5:00 (of course, I've never done that either).
So, I'm all hopped up, right now. I'm signed up for two marathons, one month apart, with the first less than 3 months away, and some additional pressure to run on pace. It's exciting. My stress-free, racing-free, running life is getting very interesting...
Listening to: Faith No More - As the Worm Turns (One day you're thinking that maybe you're feeling better; And you're probably an OK person, if only you had a job...)
Oh yeah, 4 miles, 157 bpm, 10:30 m/m.