Race Day is Almost Here

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By Megan Cox

In less than two weeks, I will be running my first road race—a half marathon—in four years.

In those last four years, I’ve had two babies (the youngest is seven months), made a major move across the country (Washington D.C. to Oklahoma City), and contracted my first young adult book series (the first, Accidental Mobster, was released this past September).

So, needless to say, busy times for this gal.

When I started blogging for this site, my new baby was just two weeks old, and if you’ve been following my journey, you know it’s been an up and down ride. Some days I get finished with a run, and I am just so buzzed. Others, I feel like I’ve sapped all my energy before seven a.m., only to face a day with a two-year-old and an infant. Yikes.

Seven months later, I can say I’m proud of myself—and really, of all the people who read this blog. If it weren’t for my posts, I’m not certain I could have kept myself motivated to train. Therefore, I’m sending out props to all those running mommies who aren’t blogging about it. You’re my heroes!

On December 9, I will be running in the Dallas Half Marathon. The race was formerly known as the Dallas White Rock Marathon and Half Marathon. It began in 1971, with just a few hundred marathon runners. Now the Dallas Marathon boasts 25,000 runners as well as a relay race, 5K, and half-marathon.

The change in name is due to the fact that the race is now centered in downtown Dallas. I think my favorite part of the press release announcing the race was this: “The MetroPCS Dallas Marathon is a flat and fast race, featuring a scenic course that highlights the best areas of Dallas.” Yes, the “flat” and “fast” part makes me smile. Those are good words for a lady just getting back into the swing of long distance running.

The race will start at 8:05 a.m., and it will take me through the West Dallas Loop, over the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, through the Dallas Design District, along beautiful Turtle Creek, through the trendy Uptown area, past Klyde Warren Park, and back to the finish in downtown.

I have to tell you, this race course is going to be way more awesome than the six loops I do around my neighborhood. I mean, my neighborhood is cool and all, but we definitely don’t have a trendy Uptown area, and our two ponds are, well, suffering from a serious lack of rain.

I had a good look at the race course map, and the water stations seem sufficient enough that I won’t need the somewhat awkward water belt I wore in my marathon a few years back. I’m not certain what the weather forecast is yet, but I’m already planning to wear an uber-cool outfit. Or an uber-warm one. We’ll see.

So, yes! I’m excited. The day is getting close, and my joints and muscles seem to be holding up, fingers crossed. Now I just need a great carb-load dinner, a plan for getting downtown, and that burst of inspiration that will keep me going for thirteen miles.

It will be here before I know it…

This is a guest post by Megan Cox, an Oklahoma City-based novelist, writer and contributing blogger for HalfMarathons.Net. Learn more about Megan at her website.

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