Sunday, December 7, 2008
4 Some Revisions & Decisions RE: My Racing Calendar
Well, things are starting to take shape. Now that my marathon training program's in place, it's become vastly easier to make decisions regarding my racing calendar.
Having said that, it looks like Philadelphia (in November 2009) might very well be my first marathon. Several people have recommended this race to me as a good first marathon (including blogger pal Steve Heath), the course is relatively flat, it's close enough for my family to attend, it's a quick & easy train ride away, & I have a free place to stay, so all these factors certainly make the decision-process a heck of a lot easier! ;-)
Also, I've decided to do about 1-2 races per month, choosing the Frederick Half Marathon (5/3/09, 6:30 am) over the Potomac River Run Half Marathon (5/3/09, 7 am), & dropping the Shamrock Marathon (3/?/10, TBD) in favor of the Ocean Drive Marathon (3/?/10, TBD). The first of these decisions was easy to make, especially given the likely possibility of meeting up with runner pals at the Frederick Half. ;-) The second decision was not as easy, but logistics, familiarity with the area, & a free place to stay tipped the scales in favor of the latter marathon (i.e., Ocean Drive). (Both marathon courses are relatively flat, so course elevation wasn't really a factor in the decision-making process.) Also, Erik's family could possibly be there for Ocean Drive, which is another motivation. Maybe that'd also even convince Erik to start racing again & enter the 10 miler or the 5K, just so his family could see him race! ;-)
Of course, if I did Ocean Drive that'd be marathon number two, which is just too far-off into the future to contemplate. Just so you know, doing Ocean Drive isn't a certainty by any means! Let's first see how numero uno goes & if I even like the marathoning experience. I expect that I will, but one never knows. ;-) Let's first get to building up the mileage, & then see where things go from there. One step at a time!
I expect that the 2009 racing schedule will still have some kinks to be ironed out in the months to come. There's the possibility I might be going out of the country sometime in May, so that might also change my racing & training schedule a bit. (Whatever happens, I hope the Frederick Half will still be on my racing schedule, as I'm really looking forward to hanging out with our running buddies & meeting blogger pals Steve Speirs & Dane Rauschenberg face-to-face for the very first time. Both of them have said they plan to run the Frederick Marathon. Yay! How exciting! Can't wait!)
If I do end up going abroad, you better believe that I will be running wherever I am! ;-) Who knows what exciting possibilities lie ahead?! May I'll enter an international race or atleast have a really incredible backdrop for running!
All in all, I'm really looking forward to a year filled with new & exciting experiences, as well as meeting up with old friends & making some new ones too!
Hope you're all having a great Sunday afternoon!