Who IS this Person!?!?

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So, in an attempt to keep my running fitness levels where they were post (1st) half marathon, I signed up for the Disney Princess Half Marathon, taking place the weekend of February 25-27, 2011.

While I am trying to maintain a reasonable training schedule, unfortunately my illness really threw me off track so now I feel a bit behind.  I also have not yet booked a hotel or flight.  SO, basically my participation in this amazing race is somewhat pending as of right now, but I will keep you posted.

NOW, for MORE race news….WHO IIIIIIIIIIS THIS PERSON!?!?  I saw that many of the bloggers I look up to and follow (think Caitlin, Tina, etc.) are registering for the National Half Marathon in Washington, DC on  March 26, 2011.

SunTrust National Marathon

YUP, you guessed it.  I signed up.  For one, I really was looking for another halfie to fall back on in case my Disney Dreams cannot come true this year.  Also, I truly enjoyed last year’s Broad Street run (what I consider to be my first MAJOR race) and this race is put on my Blue Cross as well. 

And finally, the truth is that I have been bitten by the running bug…badly!  I LOVE new challenges and looking forward to exciting races and PRs!  Woot woot!  The final truth?!?! I WANT TO BEAT MY TIME!  I KNOW I can do a sub 2-hour halfie.  I JUST KNOW I CAN.  Based on my time of 2:02:25 which included a bathroom break and several hugging fans breaks, I really want to try for this.  Plus, I can imagine how intesely amazing the Expo for this baby will be!  I am dreaming of my purchases already!  LOL!  Anyway, here is my question:  Do you sign up for races impulsively (like me-actually, I tend to do everything impulsively :)) or do you plan ahead and think thoroughly through?  I guess my thought is that I can always not run it, but if it closes then I will be MAD!  I ran into this situation for Broad Street and ended up running for a charity (Students Run Philly Style) which was great but it could have been a bad situation if I was barred from running due to closed registration.  What are your thoughts?!