Marathon du Medoc
The first attempt at registering for a marathon in a foreign country usually fails, which happened to me for Marathon du Medoc. But a year later, I am organized.
Not only is mental preparedness and timing important for training, it helps for registering as well.
First step: prepare mind.
I see myself running 42.2 kms in a foreign country – the Medoc (wine) region of France – where sunshine, chateaux and vineyards surround you as you run wearing a silly costume.
Yes, I am ready to commit myself to hours of training – logging kilometres and litres (of wine).
Second Step: get in-sync with registration timing.
Registration: having missed the previous year’s registration deadline, I checked the site every morning from mid-February to March 1. But before I actually registered I setup an account in anticipation. Patience and perseverance required. February 28… Calculating the time difference – 9 hours ahead – I try late February 29 – nothing – credit card ready… early morning March 1 – Yes – registration opens!
Typing madly with personal info – pick a basic package – without accommodation or pasta dinner.
Select basic entry package only – click OK.
No! It’s only been 10 minutes! Try again, pick package, without accommodation but with pasta dinner. Click OK.
Accepted – yes, I’m in, but…
A medical certificate is required (since drinking wine is part of the race). Download sample form – print. Fill out. Make appointment for doctor. Go to doctor for signing. Done. Upload to site. Wait for response. Wait, wait…
No response a week later. A glitch. Re-send. Still no response. Third try, and an email confirmation received next day – registration is complete.
Whew! Next step is figuring out a costume (mandatory)!