I officially decided to bail on California International Marathon. And I feel RELIEVED! It is December 2nd, which wouldn’t be that bad in itself, but I have a crazy work schedule the next 4 weeks that would have made training less than ideal. Couple that with coming off of Chicago and I would have been setting myself up for just an average race. Or worse.
SO – my plan is to continue recovering this week (a/k/a eat and drink like crap), then just run for fun (gasp!) until November 11th. Then, if things are feeling good, I’m going to kick off 16 weeks of training for my next goal marathon – Phoenix Marathon! 🙂
I know what you are thinking: Why Phoenix? What about Boston?
I really REALLY want to do Boston for fun. Not as a goal race. I want the pressure to be off. I want to be able to eat some Boston Cream Pies (well, not actually, I think those sound nasty, but you know what I mean) and drink some red wine in the days before the race and not feel guilty. I want to be able to walk around the expo endlessly and shop like crazy and not feel like I need to be off my feet. I want to stop along the way from Hopkinton to Boylston and take pictures, hug my parents when I see them, and run slow enough to look around and soak it all in. Because it’s my first Boston. And because I’ve worked for 5 years to get to Boston. I couldn’t/wouldn’t do that if I was “racing” it.
So I decided to look for a marathon that was far enough in advance of Boston as my goal race (March 2nd/3rd weekend was ideal) to be able to recover, yet far enough out from now to allow me to get through my crazy work schedule and then have 16 weeks to train. SO – my options were Little Rock (been there, done that); Napa (too much wine – I couldn’t resist); Guerilla Mountain Running Marathon (any marathon with “Guerilla” and “Mountain” in it is automatically out, for me); and Phoenix. So Phoenix Marathon it is. It actually looks like a good (as in decent course, decent temps) marathon. It’s fairly new, I believe.
My other option was to do Boston for fun as part of my training and then do Grandma’s as a goal race. But Grandma’s seems so far away and for some reason I haven’t done well on it the two times I’ve done it. I love their half, but the marathon isn’t my favorite.
So there you go. That’s my plan and I’m sticking with it. For now. 🙂