Speaking of getting back in gear... I'm thinking ahead to my marathon for 2015. When I checked the calendar, I discovered that the New York City Marathon falls on my birthday, November 1st, All Saints Day (A shout out to all my fellow saints out there! What's up, holy people?) . What a perfect day to finally run this race! Of course, I would enter through the lottery again and my chances are still pretty slim, but you got to be in it to win it, right?
So I thought my mind was made up about this until I just happened to come across Short, Round, & Fast's recent blog post about running the St. George Marathon this weekend in Utah on almost no training. I think he'll do great because he has already run it a few times in the past and he's fast. The fact that he didn't really train? Well, it might hurt towards the end. Maybe a lot. I remember hearing about this race on the Runner's World message boards a while back. It made an impression because one, the poster said this was one of the faster races in the country. It is basically down hill. Like a lot. Like 2,500 feet. And two, it is in Utah. Right after college, a girlfriend and I drove across country via Route 80 (A shout out to all the corn fields out there! What's up, kernel Sanders?! I know you can hear me 'cause you're all ears... okay, I'll stop). Every state we drove through was beautiful and unique (yes, even Iowa), but Colorado and Utah were my favorites. Fresh air, clean cities, friendly people, and some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world. Having an opportunity to run a marathon in one of these places would be a dream. I checked out the web site and there also is a lottery which doesn't open until the spring. The best part about possibly doing St. George is my friend, The Petite Pacer, would like to do it with me as her first ever marathon! I know, awesome!
What about New York City, Aimée? Is the A.D.D. that bad? Yes, I was getting to that. So if finances and logistics work out, I will apply to St. George as my A goal. If finances are better than expected, I will also apply to NYC (This race ain't cheap, you know). I hope I get into at least one of them. The marathon gods can't hate me that much. And if I get into both? October is going to be an interesting month. Bring it!
From the St. George Marathon home page.
Voted: Most organized race.
I guess that's important.
probably less organized.
8 miles in 1:07:10, an 8:24 pace.