Well, not completely ready to go as my longest run in the past few months was yesterday at 8 miles. Eight is a long way from 13.1, but I've got 14 weeks to get there! I'll be running the Lake Placid Half Marathon in June.
According to their website, why pick this race?
The Lake Placid Marathon & Half was recently ranked by a Runner's World Magazine survey as the #2 "Best Destination" race in the United States!! (Runner's World Magazine, January 2010 Issue, page 71) The Lake Placid Marathon & Half Marathon is a high quality premier early season race held in the charming Olympic Village of Lake Placid, New York USA home of the 1932 & 1980 Winter Games.
Sounds good to me! The downfall of this race is the hill "thing."
The most significant hills are near the ski jumps on Route 73 (once for the half marathon and twice for the full marathon) and leading up to the finish behind the Lake Placid High School (once for the half marathon and once for the full marathon). Each of these hills is approximately 3/10 of a mile long. Chuck Engles winning time of 2:34:39 from 2006 proves the course is reasonable and fair.Um, time to find a hill to practice running on.
The most important thing: I'm excited!!! I will say it now: I AM RUNNING THIS FOR FUN AND NOT FOR TIME. I'll be happy with anything between 2:10 and 4 hrs. (Yeah, that's quite a window but I dont' want to put any pressure on the fun I'm going to have.)