I started giving thought to this question WAY back in April, when I had mentally committed, but hadn’t even signed up for B2B. At that point I had the marathon itch and was even contemplating how I could train for CIM and B2B at the same time. I came to the conclusion that it was impossible for me to treat BOTH as “A” races, so I (reluctantly) decided to forgo any thoughts of a fall marathon.
Then after making new friends who like to travel all over the country to race at Hood-to-Coast, I decided that my spring marathon would be Eugene. Anyone who follows Sarah or Emily knows the magic that happened there last year and there are several of us who are looking to recreate some of that magic in the form of BIG PR’s and MASSIVE GOALS in 2013.
But in the meantime, I have several other races on the calendar, where I am looking to update some PR’s, but also have some fun.
First, is the NYRR Dash to the Finish 5k. This was a last minute addition to the calendar. At some point during our missed flight debacle in August, Molly and I decided that we were going to fly to NYC for a little mini Hood to Coast reunion and to cheer on our friends who are running the marathon (plus tons of other bloggers like this girl and this girl). Jocelyn has graciously offered to host us for the weekend, so we will be slumber partying and cheering, but now also RACING! Since I am not running in the actual marathon, I am stoked to still get the opportunity to run through the streets of Manhattan and Central Park! And who knows, maybe I will get that sub-21:00 that I was chasing this summer??
After that is the TXU Turkey Trot 10k on Thanksgiving Day in Houston. I will be there visiting my family, but will also get to run this race with the lovely Laura and Holly. I haven’t run a 10k since March 2011 on a hilly course and I am excited to see how I can do at this distance.
A few short weeks later, I will be gunning for a PR at the Kiawah Island Half Marathon. I ran the full here in 2010 and it is a SUPER flat and small race. Even better…I am going with my HTC roomie Elizabeth and we are going to make a little weekend getaway out of it. Picture lots of wine drinking…(post-race, of course)
Then on January 13th, I will be running the 3M 1/2 Marathon in Austin, TX. I have heard great things about this race, so when my brother posted on Facebook that he was considering undertaking his first 1/2 marathon here, I immediately picked up the phone and called him. A few days later we were both registered and had our parents convinced to take a road trip to Austin for the weekend too! Another bonus? Elizabeth and my Nuun vanmate Tricia will also be there! Little mini reunions over and over!
I am not sure what to expect for this race. To add to the fact that it is a hilly course, I will also be taking an entire 7 days off of running to go snowboarding in Breckenridge 2 weeks before. I definitely won’t be going in expecting to PR and may even run with my brother so that we can
fight bond for 13.1 miles.
That’s the extent of the set schedule for now. There will likely be a few other races in the mix between 3M and Eugene, including a local 10-miler, a 10k and possibly another 1/2 marathon, but starting January 7th, exactly 16 weeks from toeing the start line in Eugene, everything will revolve around getting to Oregon healthy and ready to race the best marathon of my life.
I have a few other marathons in mind…including San Francisco, Chicago and (lottery willing) NYC, but haven’t made any final decisions. San Francisco would be a “for fun” marathon (which I have never done!) and Chicago would potentially be a redemption race or another PR attempt, depending on how Eugene turns out. Suggestions?