Two weeks ago today, I became a marathoner, but what’s next? I was pretty sure that I would like running this type of race, but now I know that I do. However, I have a different type of marathon that I have to run right now, The Dissertation marathon (“The Diss”). Once I’ve crossed that finish line, I’ll be returning to the 26.2-mile variety. Maybe in the meantime, I can do some relays: Who’s with me?!
I’m a planner and a dreamer, so even though I know I won’t be trying to decide between Hal’s training plan and FIRST’s training plans, I’m still thinking about which marathons might be in my future. Here are the ones I’m considering and a brief reason why. If you see a race you’re interested in, just click on the marathon name to visit the official site.
“Near with Built-in Spectators” Marathons
Olathe Marathon Relay
Kansas :: Late May
While I was unsuccessfully training for my first marathon, I met Angie on the trail. She and her husband were training for Chicago too, and she told me about this marathon relay. Since then, I’ve always wanted to run it. Maybe post-marathon, pre-diss finish line, this’ll be a perfect race.
Kansas City Marathon
Kansas :: Mid-October
St. Louis Marathon
Missouri :: Mid-April
Tulsa Marathon (+Relay)
Oklahoma :: Mid-November
Mom’s family is from KC, Dad’s is from St. Louis, and my little bro is living in Tulsa! Heh-LO, spectators! (Plus, the Tulsa marathon also features a relay. I’m definitely going to need more than one relay if The Diss takes as long as I expect it will.)
“Near with Reasons” Marathons
Little Rock Marathon
Arkansas :: Mid-March
Thanks to Sarah, I found out about the marathon with the biggest medal. Evar. According to their FAQs, 2008’s medal was 6 1/4” tall and weighed more than a pound.
Illinois :: Mid-October
I see the Chicago Marathon as my marathon-arch-nemesis. I will conquer it. Maybe sooner, maybe later, but someday, I will.
Missouri :: Early November
Once upon a time, Sarah and I were training for the half-marathon in Springfield. Since I didn’t get to run that race, and because I love Springfield and grew up going to Bass Pro Shops (the sponsor of both half and full), I think I need to run at least the half-marathon, if not the full.
St. George Marathon
Utah :: Early October
Olympic marathoner extraordinaire, Zuzana Tomas, suggested I give the St. George Marathon a try when I want to PR. I just might have to take her up on that one day!
“I Must Be Crazy” Marathons
Great Wall Marathon
Tianjin Province, China :: Mid-May
I’m sure this is an amazingly beautiful race, but it is hot, and part of the course consists of stairs on the Great frickin’ Wall of China. If you’re not convinced that it’s a tough race, check out the training tips. “Find the tallest hotel around – 10 to 20 stories is good.” Run that in the middle of a long run? Yep, borderline certifiable.
Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge
Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida :: Mid-January
“Aw, how cute! Walt Disney World has a marathon! Oh, and look! A half-marathon the day before!”
I blame Sarah for this one too. Sarah, how do you manage to get all these ideas stuck in my cranium? :)
In order to complete “Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge”, a runner must run the WDW half-marathon on Saturday. Then run the WDW on Sunday. And finish both. Gives me shivers just to think about. But here’s the weird thing: After having run my first marathon, I kinda think I could do this. I actually consider this more in the realm of possibility than the Great Wall Marathon.
What about you? I’m considering future goals and dreams. What goals and dreams are you considering? Are you aiming for them?