98% Women

A pack of women running a race.

It’ll look something like this (Photo Credit: flickr.com/donjuanna)

Vanessa and I are running a half-marathon in October. I mentioned this yesterday, but what I failed to mention was which half-marathon we were running.

See Jane Run is hosting their first Austin event on October 9th. The event includes a half-marathon, a 5K, a Stroller 5K for joggin’ mamas and a kids run. The finisher prize is chocolate and champagne, which expressly will not be given to any male finisher.

See Jane Run’s FAQ says that men are welcome to run, but beware that 98% of participants are women. 98%. That’s a lot. I searched the registration list and saw that there is only one other man from Austin running the half-marathon. Maybe a good number of men travel across the state to run in a virtually women-only run?

I’m not terribly sure what to expect from a field of all women nor sure if there is anything different to expect.

Though, I will avoid testing out any women’s products in a bathroom near a hairdryer and a bathtub the night before. (Confused? What Women Want)

Go Big or Go Home

 

Runners grabbing water during a marathon

I didn’t look this happy when I ran a marathon (Photo Credit: flickr.com/nordearigamarathon/)

The crowning achievement of my athletic life was the 2008 Austin Marathon. Ran (more or less) 26.2 miles. If you’ve met me in person, I would be the last person you’d expect to run a marathon; nevertheless, I did it.

That was also my last major exercise achievement. I ran a half-marathon in 2010, but without training and very poorly. Vanessa hasn’t run since the 2008 marathon and, in the mean time, got married and had two kids.

When we saw a Facebook Deal for 50% off registration for a half-marathon in October, it caught my interest. When I saw that the start/finish line was in a park a block away from my house, it kept my interest. I mentioned it to Vanessa, expecting her to flush the idea out of my mind. Read More