(marathon) is a Battlefield

“We are gone, mile to mile we run
No promises, no demands
The marathon Is A Battlefield”

-with apologies to Pat Benetar

For the fall marathon season, I was in a slight quandary about what to do. The marathon that I really (really, really, really) wanted to do, Harpeth Hills Flying Monkey Marathon [Nashville, TN], switched their registration process from a fast and furious open registration to a weighted lottery process. Thus, I was not assured that I could be able to register for the event.

With registering for Flying Monkey in doubt, I didn’t want to be left high and dry without a marathon to run. I was concerned that by the time I found out if I got into the Flying Monkey or not, my other candidate, Chickamauga Marathon [Chickamauga, GA], would be sold out. Also, the early registration (i.e. cheaper) for Chickamauga was going to end BEFORE I could even enter the lottery for Flying Monkey much less find out if I had made it.

So, I went ahead and registered for the Chickamauga Marathon so that I would know that I had a fall marathon on the schedule. Training could begin on August 1st and all would be good with the world while I waited for Flying Monkey. When the Flying Monkey lottery opened up, I made sure that I registered first thing. After all, maybe some of the weight of the lottery was how quickly you put your name into the lottery.

So I know now my fate with running the Flying Monkey. I will be running Flying Monkey on Nov 18th. What about Chickamauga you ask? What about everything? I will be running Chickamauga on Nov 10th. Yes, 8 days apart… but it is okay… I am a professional and I have a plan.


About planet3rry

I'm a husband, father and runner in the Knoxville area. I love the way that running makes me feel and how it has changed my thinking. I am always looking for the new PR whether in the 5k or the marathon