Thursday, September 12, 2013

Three Things Thursday: FANATIC Edition

I was inducted into the Half Fanatics back on May 21, 2011.  If you're not familiar with HF, it's a couple thousand runners who are in love with the 13.1 distance. It's an online community for support and race planning... and fun people to meet when traveling around at races. We all have a number; I'm Fanatic #1092. Through time, you advance "moons" based on how fanatical you get... I'm currently on moon #4 Jupiter, that I earned by doing my first back-to-back in March (2 half marathons in 2 days).  I just realized that in October, I'll move to Mars by completing 3 half marathons in 3 separate states in 10 days. Well, when put that way, it does sound kind of fanatical.
   Oct 12 - Hartford Half Marathon (CT)
   Oct 13 - Newport Half Marathon (RI)
   Oct 20 - Komen Promise Run Half Marathon (IL)

Earlier this week, Kim and I were discussing 2014 race plans and which states we could potentially run together. It's a science, ya know. In discussing Kansas, Kim brought to my attention the See Jane Run event. I checked out their website and liked what I saw (especially the course along water). So naturally, I connected with them on all the social media outlets to keep in touch. They were having a little contest on Facebook. I entered and... WON!!
Good news... it's a FREE race entry!
Bad news... it's THIS Saturday!
I was a little turmoiled because my fall schedule is already heavy with races. I don't mind the actual running, but all the traveling tires me out. I really want to RUN this course (and color in another state), but dreaded the long drive to Kansas. I was almost scared to bring it up to my hubby, but he was super supportive and said "GO! ...but I'm not driving you."

So I'm feeling a little FANATICAL this morning - but also excited at the last minute travel/race plans. I registered (FREE!) this morning and tomorrow, I leave for Kansas. If only I could click my heels together and skip the car ride...

I've been a Half Fanatic for two years and never knew they had a Facebook group. How is that possible!?!? I found it this morning, thanks to my friend Gigi, and now I feel hooked up with my fanatical family of runners.

Are you a Half Fanatic?   Share your member # below! And by all means, join the FB group if you're not there already...

Ever register spur-of-the-moment for a race?  It's kind of a thrill...

Ever win a free race entry?   How can one pass up a free race... Not me!

Have a FANATIC day!


  1. Congrats on your free race entry! Bummer for me, but I'll find someone else to run Kansas with, hehe.

  2. I kinda feel like this "half fanatic" stuff is directed at me and my "why should I bother" comment this weekend. LOL!

    Secondly, you said the Chicago Half was #18 for you. Ironically, that was my 18th half too. Just thought my #NeonTwin would be interested in that little tidbit. :o)

  3. I'm half fanatic #4644! Just joined HF's in June and am hoping to moon bounce this month!

  4. Hey, I'm #4464! :) See YOU at See Jane Run!

  5. Congrats on winning the race entry! Please send good luck my way. :-)

    I am planning to do the same race next year. Good luck this weekend!

  6. This is my favorite race in Kansas. You can do it as an ultra, two person, or a relay team with 3-10 people. If there were only 3 people on your team you'd all cover at least the 13.1 distance.
    Plus it ends at a Brewery and there's free beer

  7. HF #3932 here :) You are going to be sooooooooooo close to me but I already have 2 races the weekend you will be here on the east coast POOP!!

    I won an entry into Color Me Rad and you know I love me some color runs :)

  8. i had to drive to wichita kansas for my race as well--- boring drive. glad you finally found the FB group! I'm #650. Don't remember my moon level but its the last one before Sun... can't reach the sun

  9. I become a fanatic tomorrow! 2 races in 13 days!

  10. FH #2738. I am on their facebook page! I joined the HF Asylum last July. 3 Half Marathons in 63 days. :-)

  11. HF # 4069 in St. Louis here! Run happy!

  12. I'm not a half fanatic, but I did win a free entry to the Park City Trail Half Marathon. It was sort of last minute and it was a blast!

  13. #2984 in Massachusetts. Jupiter level.

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