Thursday, June 26, 2008

I'm in!


Just got an email from the director of the Zoom Yah Yah Indoor Marathon saying that I was one of the lucky 43 folks selected in a lottery to run it in 2009!

Indoor Marathon? Yes, it'd better be ... it's held in Northfield, Minnesota, in January. 150 laps around an indoor track. You switch directions every 30 minutes.

But check out all the perks:

- 600 aid stations (4 places along each lap)
- Music the entire time (they provide it; no iPods allowed, as usual)
- A comfortable, constant temperature (while it may be single digits or maybe even subzero outside, who knows)
- Spectators can see you 150 times
- 150 split times
- Pancake flat course (great for a flat-lander like me)
- Added: Large restrooms near the track -- always close, no waiting!

About double the number of folks allowed to run in the marathon had entered. My backup race was Grandma's Marathon in June, which I know is also a good one to run, but, heck, when would I ever get to see the nasty bone-chilling snow and cold that Steve in a Speedo, Rural Girl, Simply Stu, Sunshine, Wendy, and Cliff have to endure each winter? Not that I actually want to run in it but it'd be cool to get an idea of what others deal with while I'm complaining about sub-70 deg weather down in FL :-P

30 comments:

sharon said...

Those folks up there will think you are absolutely CRAZY to come from sunny Florida to run indoors.
Glad you got in.

ShirleyPerly said...

I'm sure they will, but I'm not the only one from FL who'll be running it. The RD told me there's not been a person from FL yet who's done the race but for 2009 there are two of us :-)

Kevin said...

Congrats on getting selected and being the first from FL to do it. My question is how do you keep yourself from going crazy with boredom?

Katie said...

Sounds dizzying. Good luck!

Wendy said...

Now, that will be something completely different!

Brent Buckner said...

If only it were a BQ qualifier I'd try to get a slot!

Sarah said...

Ha! I would get dizzy too. That sounds like lots of fun though. I guess you'll have to remember to keep track of your laps!

ShirleyPerly said...

Will definitely have to come up with some new mind games to keep going around so many times. They do actually provide people to count laps for folks, though, thank goodness. And, yes, while it may not be a Boston qualifier, it does count for my 50-states marathon quest, so we're all good there!

Road Warrior said...

That's very cool, Shirley. I read about a group of runners that wanted to run a marathon on Antarctica, but when their boat got stuck, they had to run around the boat for 26 miles. This sounds MUCH better.

Flatman said...

Ummm...you're gonna be DIZZY!

Smithposts said...

Interesting way to pick up your MinneSOTA marathon! 150 laps doesn't sound bad but my guess is, by lap 75 you will be mentally solving the world's problems. Will you alter your training plan from your usual effort?

Stef said...

Whoa! I didn't know they had indoor marathons. That is very cool and unique sounding. Congrats on getting in!

I am also curious if your training will be altered in any way . . . "new mind games" will be a necessity. :-)

Jumper 2.0 said...

How is it that you are in an indoor race in Mn, Northfield no less, that I don't even know about.

It's only 50 miles from my house!

You don't know me (I don't think) but I'll have to come out and watch you! After you have recovered, then we'll show you how a real Minnesotan runs in January! ;-)

Susan said...

That sounds very interesting! I do love a good track workout. Looks like you will be doing the mother of all track workouts!!!

PLANET3RRY said...

Flat? YUCK! you use the same muscles over and over again. Hills... variety is the spice of life.

Congrats on getting in! It'll be like watching NASCAR for the spectators:

"WOOOOOO GO SHIRLEY GO!"
take a drink
take a drink
take a drink
"WOOOOOO GO SHIRLEY GO!"

and 150 split times... now that's a Statistician's DREAM!

Rural Girl said...

Yes, you must see the snow. Don't forget to do some skiing!

RBR said...

Congratulations on getting in. I think it is a very cool idea.

It is certainly the ONLY way I would run a marathon in Minnesota in January!

(Wimpy Californian here. Totally understand the sub-70 degree thing)

Jade Lady said...

Ok..u need to clue me in on the history of the name of this marathon - Zoom ya ya?

Tammy said...

Wow, I can't imagine what that would be like running around a track that many times. But it sounds like fun, and you'll get to see alot of the same faces around the course :D. Congrats on getting picked.

MizFit said...

HOW COOL.

Ive never heard of anything like it.

Miz.

Sunshine said...

OH CONGRATULATIONS!!!
NO... You won't get dizzy. We run around indoor tracks in MN a whole lot in winter.

The name of the race is a combination of the St. Olaf pep song (YA YA) and the desire of the running club to have a marathon starting with Z (Zoom).

It won't be as boring as some marathons that go through industrial sites.
At Zoom there will be a whole lot of enthusiastic college women giving you treats and cheering you on. When we ran it, they allowed us to bring a cooler of our own stuff, water, treats, whatever...to have right near the course. We are excited for you to get in!!!

Anonymous said...

They should run it at the Mall of America! Then you could get some shopping in too!

Good luck!!

Dr. J

P.O.M. said...

That's really cool. Only 43 runners? How fun. Congrats on getting in.

Steve Stenzel said...

LET ME KNOW ABOUT THIS RACE WHEN IT GETS CLOSER!!! I'll come cheer you on!! Seriously.

And there's nothing bad about running up here in the winter! I did a 12 miler a few months ago at 6 below with 19 below windchill, and I'm still alive...

CewTwo said...

Wow! You can find 'em!

In Colorado, in the dead of winter, I run downstairs on a treadmill. Unless DC Spinster come to town, that is...

Training should be easy, though. Find an inside track. Run it a hundred times. Should give you a good idea about mental preparation, as well!

Congrats on making the cut!

Iron Eric said...

What a cool marathon. Only 43 runners. Well at least the track won't be overpacked.

akshaye said...

Whoa.. crazy race! But it sounds like fun.. not that I would want to see anyone that many times in a race!

Just got back and found your package in the mail - thanks! I love them.. had never tried the yankz before and they are fantastic.

jeanne said...

that sounds...grueling! have fun!

Calyx Meredith said...

I LOVE the comment about it being like NASCAR for marathoners! Bwa ha ha! Good thing they give you a lap counter. I bet you could totally zone out otherwise and have no idea how far you'd gone. Good luck. (Can't wait to see what you come up with next!)

MarathonChris said...

Congrats on getting in. I heard of this race! Very cool (or rather cold)