Steps to a (Fun) Marathon

Marathon du Medoc


Runners Snake Through Vineyards in 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.

Sold out!

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)!




About Organized Bohemian

Dana M. Petric is a writer/landscape gardener/blogger/performer/office temp/web designer. Her wrestle between creative and money-making ventures permeates her writing. Self-publishing her first book, Growing Iris, Dana continues on her path toward writing full-time. Beginning her post-secondary education at UBC (Liberal Arts dropout), she prevailed at George Brown Theatre School (Theatre Arts Diploma) and matured at BCIT (Technical Writing Diploma). She lives in Vancouver, BC with her partner Eric and daughter Cleo.
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