Okay, if I’m serious, I gotta pick a race and register. Like, NOW. Before much more time goes by. I Googled “November marathons 2010” and came up with a decent site, but it hadn’t been updated since Jan. 2, and there were a LOT of races with a TBD date on them, which isn’t helpful at all. But I wrote down three of them that seem to be within driving distance (though Memphis is a little far):
- The Richmond Marathon (11/13)
- The Philadelphia Marathon (11/21)
- The St. Jude Marathon in Memphis, TN (12/4)
- The Rehoboth (DE) Marathon (12/11)
Okay. The Richmond Marathon is being billed as “The Friendliest Marathon” and sounds great…small-town feel for a big-city race. The pictures are pretty, too…and hell, if I’m going to spend like SIX HOURS RUNNING, it might as well be in a scenic setting (though I’m sure by then the leaves will be gone). Problem with Richmond is, I’d have to start NOW…it’s just about 17 weeks away. And I’m not QUITE ready to start training NOW. Like…I need a couple more weeks to work up to the minimum ability level to start the program.
Philadelphia is next. Perfect length of time away…I’ve got two weeks till that one’s at the 16-week point…and I declared that I wanted to do 2 weeks of 30-minute runs to solidify that ability before starting training. So that’s great. BUT…I’m really thinking of putting together a trip to Italy for next month that will probably last somewhere around 2 weeks…and I’m not sure I’ll be able to train while I’m there…because my primary mode of travel might be WALKING, and if I remember the Camino clearly, I would NOT have enjoyed adding a running routine into the pilgrimage. Then again…I’m not positive I’d choose to do the pilgrimage to Rome (Via Francigena)…which means the walking thing might be irrelevant. HOWEVER…if I picked this one, Mom would kill me…it’s the same day as Homestead (last race of the season for NASCAR).
The St. Jude Marathon in Memphis sounds pretty cool. My dad and I both contribute to St. Jude. (How can you not? they treat sick kids!) I’ve never been to Memphis and have always wanted to go. It’d be a cool little sojourn the weekend before my birthday. Gives me some breathing room to start training AND go to Italy…and just overall sounds great. Plus, I THINK I can trust it not to snow in Memphis the first weekend of December…which is usually ALWAYS the first snow around here. I could be wrong about that. But it’s a hunch.
Last option is the one in Rehoboth, DE. Having been to Atlantic City in November, though, and remembering how INSANELY COLD it felt near the water, I hesitate to try to run 26 miles near the ocean on the second weekend in December. No personal connection to this one.
I actually worked quite a ways through the Richmond registration form online. That one is $90. Which is probably what most of them would cost. I didn’t finish the reg…it just seems a bit too soon for training purposes.
Anyone got input??? Anyone done the Memphis marathon? I gotta say…that one’s looking the best to me….? Anyone got other options in late November-early December? I can’t go on much longer telling this person and that person, “Hey, I’m training for a marathon!” and having nothing to say when they ask, “Cool!! When??”
I GOTTA PICK ONE!! HELP ME!!!
ps – i’m sure the st. jude marathon in memphis would require some fundraising…anyone willing to promise to toss a buck or two my way if this is the one i pick?