Wednesday, October 17, 2012


In the back of my mind I am always thinking of what marathon I would like to run next. I think about the course, location, what time of year, traveling, cost and who I could get to come with me. I am on at least once a week. You would think that I have run more marathons for as much as my brain thinks about it. It's so fun to dream about, plan, organize and come up with a training plan. I also enjoy modifying the plan again and again (and again). To actually commit can be a bit scary. To put in that time and energy and give up late Saturday night entertainment is tough. It's not like I am a big partier but to know that I have my Saturday nights wide open to do whatever is nice.  I don't usually have big plans but wouldn't you know my luck all of a sudden super fun things come up on Saturday nights once I sign up for a race. It's so hard to refuse. I don't like having to give up a fun event to go to bed early and run the next day. I try to organize accordingly as much as I can obviously but that is tough. My latest goal is to run one marathon a year. I think that is about what my body can handle. So I can check off 2012 since I ran Houston in January and start thinking about 2013. So for fun these are the races I am thinking of now...

Oh yeah and the best news ever! As I re-read the NYC marathon eligibility rules
Applicants denied entry for the three years 2011−2013 will be eligible for guaranteed entry in 2014.

I found out that I will be able to run it in either 2013 or 2014. If I don't get in on the lottery for 2013 I will automatically get in for 2014 since I had applied 2011 and 2012. So I guess I need to be looking at a marathon in fall 2013 in case I don't get into NYCM...then in 2014 I can run one earlier in the year!

OK so marathons that interest me in 2013 after June (Since I find out end of April if I get in or not to NYC  I would need to choose a marathon a few months out) are:
I like that the marathon is on a Saturday
This girl ran it fast
Easy traveling from Denver
good cost
FAST course
I have always thought this one sounded fun to do.
Easy to travel to
Never have been to Wichita
My friend ran this course fast
Revenge from Tucson 2004
Fun town to travel to

Maybe for 2014...
This one looks perfect for me...
President's weekend etc
In my state
My current half marathon PR was here
Looks like a cool even ain a cool part of the county yeah yeah South Dakota but this section is gorgeous!
A good Midwest race!
Could see my family
Where I went to college! Great town!
Could visit great friends


Why not get the BIG 5? I already have Chicago, Boston and a guaranteed NY....

The only thing about international is that I want to be able to travel and enjoy the new lands not have to worry about what I eat and race day. However, if I planned the trip with the race first that would be cool.

Do you constantly think about running marathons?

How often are you on

Any other great marathons that you recommend?

Have you run an international marathon?

Does anyone want to run on of these with me?

Houston 2012

Houston 2012

Houston 2012


  1. These races sound awesome! I really want to run the Berlin Marathon one day. I love that city and I have heard so many great things about the race!

  2. I defintely want to run the big 5 - I've only done Chicago and NYC so far, and I doubt I will ever qualify for maybe 4 of the 5 would be good! I'd love to run Big Sur and Avenue of Giants as well!

  3. I was supposed to run the whistlestop half this year but got injured. I live in Duluth, MN and just signed up for Grandma's Marathon for next June! Good luck with the races you pick!