Despite the fact that I’m currently sidelined from 2 mile runs with thigh pain, I think I want to do a 26 point 2 mile run. Now, which one?
First of all, I’m getting married in October. I do not want to be training for a marathon while I’m planning and preparing for a wedding. Two weeks on a honeymoon would majorly interrupt training, too, even though I assume I’d have a killer body for the beach. Those factors rule out any fall/winter 2016 marathons. I don’t want to go right from honeymoon to marathon training, so that rules out Spring 2017 marathons. Since I hate running in the heat, I’ve mostly settled on Fall 2017. FH (Future Husband…though he’ll just be H by that point) mentioned we could combine this with a 1 year anniversary trip, so that opens up my options, location-wise. Thus, I’ve compiled a list of a wide variety of races to choose from. Most I can’t register for until fall 2016 anyway, so I have plenty of time to decide.
- Pros: For starters, VEGAS BABY! Fun environment. It’s at night, so it will be cool out + no sun burns!
- Cons: I’m not sure if there are any! I guess that I’ll have to fly there, and there’s a time difference and staying there a few days will be mad expensive. Nevermind, I found a con. The marathon cut off is 5 hours. I’m not really sure at all that I could do this under 5 hours.
- Pros: I really want to visit Seattle. This event seems really relaxed, not competitive. It’s inspired by a comic strip for fuck’s sake! There are couches along the way AND cake (yes, there’s motherfucking cake) at every aid station. AND this one’s course doesn’t close for 7 hours. That sounds doable.
- Cons: FH does not want to go to Seattle, because “what’s there to do in Seattle”? I guess my answer is, “RUN A MARATHON”? lol Obvi, there’s flights and jet lag here, as well.
- Pros: Have I mentioned I really want to visit Seattle? There’s beer at the end. No cake, though. But probably more organized than the Beat the Blerch?
- Cons: “Rolling course with hilly sections”
- Pros: Only a few hours drive. Cute town for a long weekend. Clover shaped course means spectators don’t have to move, but still see you 4 times!
- Cons: It’s in the spring, so I would have to have a solid base leading up to the wedding, and would have to start training immediately after. I don’t even know if I’ll have the base by then with how my thigh is.
- Pros: Driving distance. Wine! 7 hours to finish.
- Cons: This is WAY out in NY, so driving distance actually means 6.5 hours. Upstate NY is not the most exciting destination.
- Pros: Driving distance (at least more so than NY above…this one is 4.5 hours). Nice weekend getaway. 8 hour course (plenty of time to die and come back to life!)
- Cons: I still don’t understand why the name of this island contains the word desert. Sounds like there are a lot of hills and Mile 25 is the highest point…uhhh…yuck.
Le Marathon Du Medoc – September 2017
- Pros: France. Wine. Cheese. Is this not the coolest marathon, ever? And probably beautiful running through the vineyards.
- Cons: France. Wine. Cheese. Yes, wine and cheese at the fueling stations sounds awesome, and they have regular gatorade, water, etc. as well. But, I don’t think I’d stop myself from the wine and cheese, which would probably have some poor results. I’m also pretty sure I don’t want my first marathon to be overseas. Jet lag + language barriers would make for a stressful, confusing start for an already anxious me.
Chicago Marathon – October 2017
- Pros: Iconic marathon. Easier to get into than Boston. City that both FH and I really want to visit.
- Cons: 40,000 runners. On one hand, it means it’s well organized. On the other hand, it’s totally overwhelming and much ado about nothing (‘nothing’ being my 5-6 hour run).
San Francisco Marathon – July 2017
- Pros: Another iconic location. You get to run through the major neighborhoods and over the Golden Gate Bridge. That’s pretty fucking cool.
- Cons: Long flights, time difference, that it’s in JULY. But I think SF’s weather is a little more even keeled than the rest of the country, no?
There you have it! My list of possible marathons!!! Now, I just have to narrow it down. Honestly, while I like the idea of destination races, I’m leaning towards something closer to home for a few reasons. 1. I might be able to get someone to run it with me if it’s close to home. 2. I may not be up to exploring and doing things afterwards, so that would be a waste of a vacation. 3. What if I don’t finish? Break my leg? Pass out? And we traveled all that way and paid all that money for a trip to the hospital.