Upcoming Races

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about running. My shin splints have been more manageable than usual, and I’m not sure if it’s the different pair of shoes or just the fact I’m not pounding the pavement 4 days a week. I’m nervous once I start training more diligently for the next half that they will make a horrific comeback. And there’s always that one thought in the back of my mind: what if it’s a stress fracture? It pains me to even type those two words. The idea of taking 6-8 weeks off from running makes me sad.

Let’s take a look at what Carly and I have coming up on our race schedule:

Carly Melissa
November 14, 2010 13.1 Ft Lauderdale Rock n Roll San Antonio Half
January 30, 2011 Florida Challenge Half 3m Half Marathon
February 20, 2011 A1A Half Marathon Austin Half Marathon

Since I’ve been nursing this nagging injury, my training has suffered. My training plan is buried in a list of Google Docs and hasn’t been opened in over a month. Honestly, I’m ready to get RNRSA over and done with. Don’t get me wrong, I’m very excited for it and I’m hoping to PR. But I’m more excited to get a training plan drawn up in preparation for the two races at the beginning of 2011!

Depending on how this weekend’s race goes will determine what step I take next. Next? Yes, next. I’m looking forward into the future, a little bit further than February. If all goes well on Sunday, I’ve got my eye on this guy:

This isn’t a huge decision, considering initially I was committed to running the full in San Antonio. A couple weeks ago I had been tossing the idea of a marathon around, and I narrowed my choices down to RnR San Diego and RnR Las Vegas (2011). I think I have pretty much ruled out Vegas because it’s close to Christmas, and I’m sure we would turn that into a mini vacation which screams dollar $ign$. Who knows, at this point anything can happen!

So my questions for you are…

What race did you choose for your first full marathon? If you could do it all over again, would you choose the same race?

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  1. oh I’ve always wanted to do that race! I’m sure its a blast! Good luck this weekend. Hope your injury can heal soon, I understand your frustrations.

  2. Hey girl! As you know I just ran my first marathon, the Marine Corps Marathon in DC. I think it was a perfect choice for a first marathon. It is SO well-organized (hello — they are MARINES), the course is beautiful and historical, there are Marines at every water stop cheering you on and giving you high fives, it is big but not TOO big, and roughly 1/3 of my fellow runners were first timers. They even put on a little free reception for first timers only (+1) and it was so sweet. MCM is where Oprah and Al Gore lost their marathon virginities… and so did I… and DC is so fun to visit that time of year. It’s the last weekend in Oct. Registration opens in Feb 🙂

    • Thanks for the recommendation, and congrats on finishing your first marathon! I’ve heard a lot of great things about MCM, it’s definitely on my to-do list 🙂

  3. SANNNN DIEGOOOOOO!!!! I’ll run it if you do! (but probably just the half. I broke up with the marathon this weekend)

    • I heard about the breakup, I’m sorry for your loss 🙁 I’m reallllyyyy leaning towards SD so if I sign up, I better see you there with your PR shoes on!

  4. I was injured (stress fracture of the right tibia) towards the end of training for my first marathon, and have never been able to manage more than a Half since. However, as a frequent spectator and runner of many Washington DC races, I’d say go for a marathon there! The Marine Corps Marathon has been lauded as the one of the best first marathons and everyone I know who has run it has had a wonderful experience (we love to go and cheer on the runners too!). Also, the Baltimore marathon is great fun and much less crowded.

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