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?