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So last Tuesday Nuun announced the lucky women chosen to run Hood to Coast 2012 on their team.


Sadly, I didn’t make the cut. But I wasn’t completely surprised. The field was uber competitive and the odds were not stacked in my favor, with my not-over-the-top-creative application and lack of a huge blog following.

marathon opening day

On Wednesday, the lottery results for the ING NYC Marathon were revealed. After refreshing my bank account 4589764 times and desperately stalking the NYRR website for hours on end, the results were in: Not Accepted.

So now what? After my rejection from NYC, I was on the prowl for a rebound marathon. Or a fall race longer than a 10K, for that matter. I had planned on giving See Jane Run another shot but an email received late last week informed us they wouldn’t be back until maybe 2013. So much for that idea.

There’s not a chance in hell I’d run the 26.2 in San Antonio in November, especially with the steamy temps Texas has been experiencing during our fall/winter months. The same goes for the Chosen Marathon in New Braunfels in October. Heat & humidity – no thank you.

After a quick Twitter consultation and a Google search, I found two marathons I deemed worthy of suffering through another training cycle during the 100+ degree summer:

Long Beach Marathon

Philadelphia Marathon

My next potential victim will either be Long Beach on October 6th or the Philly Marathon on November 18th. The price increase hits May 1st for Philly so I’ll be making a decision REAL soon.

Have you run either Long Beach or Philly? Thoughts on which I should choose? Wanna run with me?

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  1. Sorry that you didn’t get into HTC or NYCM!
    I ran the half-marathon in Philly last year and would highly recommend it even though I didn’t do very well (not their fault). I heard from some people that the second half of the full-marathon course was a little boring (because you run out of the city and into parkland). Organization was great though — packet pick-up was smooth, post-race snacks and all that. Our weather at the start was about 45 and sunny, although everyone was reminiscing about the year that it snowed.
    If you do it, stay as close to the start line as you can so you don’t end up having public transit issues in the AM and walking for miles to get there (as I did).

  2. awh, bummer! sorry you didn’t mean the nuun htc team. if you want my HONEST opinion, it just seems like one big huge popularity contest… like high school. idk, that’s what i thought! which, the results kind of verified that for me. also, if it makes you feel better i don’t know ANYONE that got in through the lottery! idk if any of that makes you feel better or not!

    i’ve heard great things about philly, hope you figure out your fall plan soon!

  3. You know you’re still training in the heat, right? 🙂 I really want to do Chicago in 2013 and I know I’ll have to train in the heat for that one. But I think ideally I’d want to run a February marathon so I can train in the nice cool weather. And by cool, I mean 80 degrees instead of 95. Blech. Florida sucks. Why can’t FL and TX get their shit together?

  4. I’ve done the Long Beach Half (not full)…and have run a lot of halves..and it’s my fave. I’m on the fence about the full this year – depending on my training schedule. But I know lots of people who have run the full as well and it’s just amazing! I LOVED it. It’s well run, on the coast – so even if it’s “hot” it’s still cooler and is just a great course – organized, big enough to be super fun, and good crowd participation overall. I had thought about doing the chosen (I have an adopted son and thought it’d be fun to travel there) but not sure on the heat!

  5. I ran Chosen half last year and it was FREEEEZING. Only race I’ve ever ran in pants

  6. Which did you choose? My husband ran Philly two years ago and he seconds the comment about the second half being uninteresting. As a spectator, it was a ton of fun. Laid out well, so I got to see him three times and free pretzels. Good luck with whichever you choose!

    • I decided on Philly, I think the weather will be better ::knock on wood:: plus I have a friend who is going to run it with me, whereas LB would have been solo

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