One of the most overwhelming parts of reading running blogs is the exposure to the endless race possibilities.
A year and a half ago, I had no clue that more than 5-10 marathons even existed let alone what they were called. I didn’t know that there was a Chicago Marathon, and while I think I knew that there was a Boston Marathon, I didn’t know that it was any sort of a big deal (now we’re all on a first name basis).
But with all this exposure comes tremendous race envy. *Almost* every recap I read drives me to look at my bank account to analyze if next year’s race fits into our budget. I mean, all of the sudden I want to go to places like Duluth and Cincinnati for fun? What is going on here? (keep in mind that I say this out of love if you live in those places. Albuquerque isn’t a dream boat city either).
But we can’t leave town every weekend to run races, so choices must be made.
This will be the 2nd time that I attempt to map out our race schedule for the entire year. Realistically, we can afford one, maybe two, major “destination” race per year (last year it was Chicago, this year it is Boston), so everything else has to be regional (Arizona, Las Vegas, Colorado, or West Texas). And timing plays a big part. We need to have plenty of rest in between races to recover physically and financially. And as a glass half full type person, I’m always under the impression that at any given time I will injure myself and never be able to run again, so I want to run the “must-do’s” first whenever possible. Running Chicago as my first marathon was no accident. I wanted my first time to be with a marathon that I really loved.
This year I’ve had a few other considerations while planning our race schedule:
1) Boston. Everything else this spring has to revolve around it include filing taxes.
2) Aaron has expressed that he’s getting burned out with our constant road racing, so I want to incorporate more “non-traditional” races in the mix.
3) Training for a triathlon. I’m going to need a few months off of running just to focus on swimming and bike riding because this IS happening in 2013.
As of right now, I’m only officially registered for 2 races (Arizona and Boston), but here’s what we’re thinking for 2013:
JANUARY: Rock n Roll Arizona Half.
MARCH: Bataan Memorial Death March 14.2 miler (Las Cruces, NM about 3 hours south of Albuquerque): This race has a full marathon and a “half” option that is actually misleading since it is more than half a marathon. This is New Mexico’s “big deal” marathon and it is really geared toward veterans and active duty service members. Many members of the military will run it in full uniform with a loaded backpack. Lots of uphill, REALLY warm temperatures, lots of loose sand, and likely some rattlesnakes nearby. This is actually considered one of the hardest courses in the country. My dad is planning on running the full marathon (WHAT????) and even my little sister is planning on running the half. I don’t even know my family anymore.
SOURCE Photo by David Young
APRIL: Boston Marathon. Considered the most prestigious road race in the world. Still somewhat in denial that I’ll be running it.
MAY: Run for the Zoo Half (Albuquerque): This falls just a few weeks after Boston, so this is a BIG maybe even though it has become a yearly tradition for me. It took me a month after the Chicago Marathon to be able to run again. I’m hoping for a faster recovery time this go around, but I probably won’t register for this until the week of.
SEPTEMBER: Imogene Pass Run 17 miler (Ouray-Telluride, CO): Aaron has run this race before. It sounds miserable yet amazing. The website says the following: “The reality is that despite whatever emotions we may have for the mountains and their environment, they are in fact unfeeling objects and they follow the natural rules of physics which are not always benevolent toward living creatures, great or small.” I guess they all can’t be easy. Check out that elevation climb!
Please note the trail. And the lack of trees.
OCTOBER/NOVEMBER: We’re going to put in for the Nike Women’s and ING New York City lotteries (if New York opens it up). Statistically we’re not likely to get into either one. But a girl can dream.
DECEMBER: Rock n Roll Las Vegas Half (Full?). It is pretty pricey/cheesey, but Las Vegas is close, and I think running the strip at night would be pretty awesome. And Las Vegas at Christmas time is actually really pretty. Plus, the race falls right around our wedding anniversary, and I’m not opposed to renewing our vows along the course at the “Run-Thru Wedding Ceremony!”
SOURCE Photo by Steve Marcus
Duke City Half (Albuquerque, October): This was my first half marathon. Not the most amazing course, but it will be good to do if (when) I don’t selected for NWM or NYC. Plus, you can’t beat a local race where you can go home and nap in your own bed right after.
Tucson Marathon (December): A downhill marathon! I don’t really want to get into the marathon habit, but if I decide after Boston that I MUST RUN MORE MARATHONS, I think a downhill one will be a nice option.
Rock n Roll Denver Half (September): This is a back up if Imogene fills up before we register (last year it only took a few hours).
I plan on spending the summer in the pool or on a bike, so I don’t want any big races during those months. Otherwise, everything is pretty open and subject to change.
Anyone else doing any of these races? Any other good recommendations in the Colorado, Arizona, or west Texas areas?
I hope you have a WONDERFUL weekend!