Thursday, September 22, 2011
Looking toward 2012 already
Although I have a race I should be focusing on this Sunday and another one in October, I can't not look at what I want to do in 2012. I think as athletes we're always looking for what's next.
I've completed 4 half marathons and soon that number will be 5. I've cursed that distance and I've loved that distance all at the same time, I've even said "I have no desire what-so-ever to run a marathon." Something has changed over the past month, the mountain that is a marathon is calling my name to climb and conquer it. I never thought I would EVER have the desire to train for a marathon, but then I watched Spirit of the Marathon and got inspired to run 26.2 miles. Dang movie. :)
So I've been looking into 2012 marathons and I know I want to run a "big race." I want there to be a lot of spectators, support, lots of runners with me, etc. The race I found has all of that AND its in a place where running has deep, deep roots: The Eugene Marathon.
I haven't registered yet, but if I do before Oct 1st, it's only $80. That's a deal for a marathon! I would really like to find a group or one running buddy to do the long runs with I know those will be the hardest part and I want someone to battle them out with me.
The ONLY thing holding me back from registering is the lingering thought of doing a Half Ironman in the summer. I'd like to do one in July and there would be overlap between the two training schedules. What do you think? Marathon in May and Half Ironman in July? Is it possible without burnout? I'd love your thoughts, blogworld.