So I’m running two half marathons on back-to-back weekends in June. (Still not as hardcore as Nicole who has run back-to-back half marathons within the same weekend.)

Just in case you’re curious as to why … The Sailor said he wanted to do a half marathon (he’s done a 15k, a 10miler and a 10 nautical miler [11.5 miles] but never a half marathon), and with his duty schedule and other people’s weddings, June 2 (Sunburst Half in South Bend) was the only option. As for the following weekend – 13.1 Chicago on June 9 – I signed up for that because I heard good things about it, it’s part of the Windy City Challenge, and I not-so-secretly want to join the Half Fanatics.

Anyway, I’ve been mulling over how to approach these races. Do I race both of them? Use the first one as a training run and race the second? Race the first and just have fun at the second?

I was reading this article on Runners’ World about going tech-free. I already run without music (although I’m debating bringing an iPod with during the marathon in case I need an extra boost/distraction/etc).

But, I will admit it. I am addicted to my Garmin + heart rate monitor. I won’t run without both, unless I forget one. But I keep reading about runners who go Garmin-less during a race and PR (hi Kelly) and I keep thinking to myself it might be good to leave the Garmin at home once in awhile.

So, I think I’m going to race the June 2 half, with my Garmin and heart rate monitor, and try to finish in under 2 hours (or whatever time my targeted heart rate yields). Then, for the June 9 race, I’m leaving the Garmin at home and running by feel (like our forefathers). I assume that race will have mile markers with clocks, but that’s still a bit step.

And since every post needs a picture … Kelly and I are practically twinsies with Kara Goucher.

No, this picture was not Photoshopped. This totally happened.

Don’t forget this week’s runner photo challenge!