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Friday, January 18, 2013

I got this email today -

The Rock 'n' Roll Pittsburgh Time Limit has Changed

Thank you for committing early to participate in the 2013 Rock 'n' Roll Pittsburgh Half Marathon. Due to strict road reopening regulations in the city of Pittsburgh, the half marathon time limit has changed to 3 hours and 30 minutes. Because you registered with a predicted finish time of 3:30 or more we would like to extend two different options which are outlined below.

1. Adjust your predicted finish time. If you feel confident you can finish in 3:30 (16:02 per mile) or less, you can change your predicted finish time. Please keep in mind that if you fall behind this pace, you will be required to board a sag wagon to move forward on the course.

2. Receive a full refund of your entry fee.

Please complete the online form by Friday, February 1st to change your predicted finish time or request a refund. If you registered with a predicted finish time of 3:30 and this will not change, no further action is required.

Thank you for your understanding. We hope to see you at the start line of the Inaugural Rock 'n' Roll Pittsburgh Half Marathon.

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A lot has changed since I registered, as in I have gained weight and am out of shape. There is no way I can walk that fast, or even close, right now. I do have over six months to get ready, though.

The money is long-spent. Do I stay in and use this as a motivational goal? Is there shame in having to ride the sag wagon (just the name makes it seem so to me)? Do I just take to the sidewalks and finish the race, no matter how long it takes? (I am not sure that is an option as I don't know what the course is.)

What would you do?
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  • v FLUTTER-BY)L(
    I vote motivation. You can lose weight by then. You can feel fit by then. How much do you miss the money. I think the fact that the money is already spent could help keep the pace. But, like others have said there is no disgrace in any choice.
    1287 days ago
  • v DAWNWATERWOMAN
    emoticon
    1287 days ago
  • v TEDYBEAR2838
    I would let you make the best decision you can.
    Do what you think is right and that you can do. There
    is NO disgrace at any decision. Just signing up for it
    was great courage in my opinion.

    It's not HOW you finish, you will just finish!
    Doing your best is all we can ask, and you would tell
    that to anyone else that asked you also.
    1287 days ago
  • v PHOENIX43
    I'm a goal oriented type - I like having races and events to get me out and about. You can do a lot in 6 months! I believe in you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    1288 days ago
  • v KRZYKAT3
    oh yeh and about the sag wagni? if you have run the given amount of time, remember you ran the limit there but you can finish somewhere else!!

    so get onthe wagon and move out of the darn sitys way and DO IT@@
    1288 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/19/2013 12:18:56 AM
  • v KRZYKAT3
    tighten the belt, buy fresh food, lose some weight, put a trainig schedule together and run run run. if you were ready when yousigned up then you wil be ready in 6 months, thank good ness it wasn't 2 months away!!

    YOU WILL MAKE IT HAPPEN!

    1288 days ago
  • v CALIDREAMER76
    You have 6 months to prepare, nothing lost nothing gained.
    Remember who you are BE THE CHANGE!
    1288 days ago
  • v BARBARAROSE54
    use it as a motivator emoticon
    1288 days ago
  • v NEWME0519
    Throw all caution to the wind and go for it!
    1288 days ago
  • v JEM0622
    You would be surprised at what you peg yourself for and then what you actually do when the time comes. I have always been faster in races than in training. Coach Nancy would high five me for that! Same goes for you! Yes you can!
    1288 days ago
  • v KELTIC-CARA
    You have answered you own question:

    'There is no way I can walk that fast, or even close, right now'
    The marathon is NOT RIGHT NOW.

    'I do have over six months to get ready, though'
    You certainly do.

    'The money is long-spent'
    Therefore not an issue

    'Do I stay in and use this as a motivational goal?'
    Yes

    'Is there shame in having to ride the sag wagon'
    NO, definitely NO

    (just the name makes it seem so to me)?
    Wrong thinking

    'Do I just take to the sidewalks and finish the race, no matter how long it takes?

    (I am not sure that is an option as I don't know what the course is.)'

    The options you have are the ones you create. If you don't know the course, get your DH or a friend as backup.

    'What would you do?'
    I have already answered that

    emoticon
    1288 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/18/2013 10:48:09 PM
  • v BOBBYD31
    i love the advice you are getting, i am going to use part of your quote you put up.
    You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem....... i am using this race as motivation for myself. you can do it, believe in your self
    1288 days ago
  • v BRE2003SB
    Look at it this way. If you don't finish, at least, you did START! Nothing beat a failure, but a TRY. emoticon
    1288 days ago
  • v MIAMIA7
    Debbie I say do the race. If it motivates you that is great but the race is YOUR race. If you don't do a 16:02 pace then so what? The fact that you complete a half marathon is a great feat no matter what the pace! I say if you need to walk on the sidewalks to complete it then no matter..you walked 13.1 miles and got to enjoy some awesome music! Bobby and I will be there!
    Anne
    1288 days ago
  • v CINDYKC2000
    Use it as a motivator. You will not be the only one to have to ride the wagon if you don't complete it. Also, even if you only complete half the course, you have done more than you have done so far. emoticon emoticon
    1288 days ago
  • v SALLY50021
    I say use it as motivation.

    1288 days ago
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