Alright people, I’m enlisting your help! As I’ve
casually boasted mentioned previously (probably more than once), I recently completed my first marathon. Now I’ve got the awful, infectious marathon bug. I determined that October is an acceptable time to run my second marathon, but how does a girl choose? Here is what I’ve come up with, now someone give me advice. Thanks.
October 9th – The Portland Marathon
Advantages: I’ve never been to Oregon and I’ve heard amazing things.
Disadvantages: It is quite far, I would have to take a day off from classes to drive there or purchase a plane ticket which adds to the race fees (on top of a hotel).
Also October 9th – The Long Beach Marathon
Advantages: I can drive to the location, stay with my cousins, and the course is lovely and flat!
Disadvantages: I may not actually own a car, this is still being debated. I’m also awful at solo car trips so I’d have to drag one of my new found friends to join me.
November 6th – The Two Cities Marathon
Advantages: A wonderfully flat course and only three hours from where I’ll be living. Did I mention the swag? Not just a tech shirt, but a sweatshirt as well. I’m a sucker for great swag…
Disadvantages: If I run this race I can’t do anything large in October or November…
December 4th – The California International Marathon
Advantages: Downhill course and less than three hours from my new home.
Disadvantages: I haven’t come up with any yet, maybe that I can’t do any races in November if I attempt this?
Prices for the Two Cities and CIM are relatively the same, so that does not help in the decision-making process. Hmm, any seasoned vets have some words of advice for a newb? I’d love to hear any tidbit you might have!