As I was trying to figure out my spring running schedule yesterday, I was overwhelmed with the number of amazing races there are to run. But I also have this compulsion to run the same race multiple times to beat my last time on the course. Hello, Savannah RNR Marathon. I mean business this time. I hope!
One of the races I was considering this year is Big Sur (because it's epically gorgeous times ten), but the cost of flying, entering, hoteling, rent-a-car-ing starts to add up fast. If I don't eat for a few weeks afterwards, I'm totally set.
So then I started to look at other races that are supposedly scenic but closer to home. And then I thought, what if we move from here in a year or two, and I'm mad at myself for not running every southern race I could while I had the chance? The list of coulds, shoulds and that-would-be-dang-awesomes is way too long for me to even begin to wrap my small runner mind around.
So I'm going to bullet point the things that I am looking for in a race to see if it can help me narrow down the choices for spring.
1. Close to family so I can visit and run.
2. A fast course to help qualify for Boston.
3. A course so beautiful that I forget Boston exists.
4. Southern courses that may not be as easily accessible later in life.
One of my most reoccurring thoughts is that I should take advantage of life as it is currently situated because things can quickly change. Using this logic, I have two sisters who live in LA, so I should run the LA marathon. And where else could you run with 50 Slash look-alikes?
Also, I should run all of the AL, TN, GA, MS races that I have the desire to run. Oh, plus that is way cheaper than flying somewhere to run.
And I'd like to throw a local 50K in there. Sounds like I need to go back to paragraph one. Focus on what is most important. Don't just try to cram everything into the schedule.
Also in looking for fast courses, I found a cool marathon time conversion site, where you can type in your finish time for one marathon, and it will supposedly give you a time estimate for another marathon and whether you have a greater chance of PRing. Of all the races I clicked, it told me that Rocket City was my best chance to set a personal record.
Have any of you ever run the LA Marathon? It definitely won't be as scenic as Big Sur, but I've heard the race supporters are amazing. I accidentally spectated this race the year my niece was born in LA. In the middle of walking around my sister's neighborhood, I realized that some crazy awesome street party was happening a block over. Of course, I needed to check that out. Turns out the party was a race. That was before running was even a blip in my imagination, but it planted a tiny seed of desire.
If you are familiar with the South, which marathons are the must-runs near Alabama?
Which are the must-run races of all time, any location?
How do you pick your races for the upcoming seasons?