Marathon #1 on Cindi’s To-Do List* is Big Sur International Marathon.
I was THIS close to signing up for Big Sur this year instead of Little Rock. But it was more expensive than I wanted to do this year and I didn’t like the timing as much (it’s May 1st this year). But I seriously looked into it and considered it. Big Sur is definitely on my current Top 10 To-Do List.
I know what you are thinking. But, Cindi, after your disaster at Little Rock you swore off hills and said you’d never run a hilly marathon. Isn’t Big Sur hilly?
Yes, it’s super hilly. Killer hills. Like 2 mile long up hill sections.
But when someone like Bart Yasso comments “If we were told that we could run only one marathon in our lifetime, Big Sur would have to be it”, you have to seriously pause and look hard at it. And when you look at the website and read all the comments on marathonguide.com, you start to realize just how incredible this marathon looks. So the pain from the hills seems like it would be worth it. It looks so incredibly beautiful. It looks like an experience, not just a marathon.
I will definitely run this one in the next couple of years. But, given the hilliness of it, I TRULY will just run it for a fun, low-pressure marathon experience. (Does that exist?!?). I want to really be in a position where STOPPING during a marathon to take a picture and enjoy the scenery doesn’t freak me out. I want to run it when I’m not concerned about pace or results. Which means I have to get this crazy BQ thing out of my system first. Or maybe do it as part of the Boston to Big Sur challenge?!
Anyone run Big Sur? Or have it on your marathon radar?
* These aren’t in any particular order. They are just 10 marathons that are on my to-do-in-the-not-to-distant-future list.