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Thursday, November 02, 2006

The '07 Race Debate

Even though I haven't yet finished my first marathon (Disney, January '07), I'm already thinking about what to race in the coming 18 months (I have a tentative goal called "3 before 30" to run 3 marathons before I turn 30 in April of '08; Disney will be #1). It's hard to decide because there's so much out there to run.

Here are a couple of possibilties:

Grandma's Marathon in June '07 and then the ING Miami Marathon in January '08.

Fargo Marathon May '07 and then Marathon of the Palm Beaches in Dec '07.

Twin Cities Marathon in October '07 and then A1A Marathon in Ft. Lauderdale in Feb '08.

You'll note the location trend: I'd like to be able to schedule a marathon close to family so they could come and see me and we'd be able to fit a visit in then, and both my husband's and (most of) my's family are in MN. And it would be nice to do a winter marathon back here in FL (because, well, the weather is glorious that time of year).

But after hearing everyone's stories of Chicago, that makes Chicago (Oct '07) a contender, or there's also Marine Corps (also Oct) in DC (where my dad lives, and I always love visiting DC -- one of my fav cities). Now, I know that there are many years to run many marathons, but it almost feels overwhelming (like being in the bookstore and craving the need to read every single book in there).

So, what do you guys think? How should I schedule the '07-'08 marathon season?


Firefly's Running said...

Jess, PLEASE do Fargo. I will be there to join you on race day. It will be VERY fun to do another race with another blogger. I would also cheer you on at Grandma's too. :D

teacherwoman said...

Fargo?!?! That is in MY neck of the woods! I was thinking of doing that one...but it is the day after I graduate from UND .... and 8am... I don't know if I could handle it!

Anonymous said...

can u base it on what the finisher's prizes are? that's why i'm running the nike women's marathon next october...TIFFANY NECKLACE BABY!!!

otherwise, base it maybe on the course (scenery, elevation)

Laurie said...

As a Minnesota girl myself, I definitely vote for one of the Minnesota marathons. There are good things about both races. I'd pick the TCM just because I'd love to see Minneapolis/St. Paul from that vantage point.

Anonymous said...

chicago is great. Plus it's the 30th anniv. And a holiday weekend. I've heard great things about Grandma's--very runner-friendly course. Whatever you choose, I'm sure it will be great!

Running by.... said...

Gosh! I don't really know what to tell you--being on the West Coast. I would vote for the one with the best course/weather.