You know after the Boston Marathon, a day in which every runner at work is in fact sneaking away to watch the Boston Marathon streaming online, that it is almost fall marathon season. Okay so it's at least fall marathon lottery and registration season.
Everyone and their mother is registering for marathons, maybe catching the fever and running their first or running multiple races.
Of course as always, I'm super inspired and motivated to train again after watching the Boston Marathon and seeing all the heart and reading all the stories that come out of it.
I want another, faster BQ (Boston Marathon qualifying time) since I am less than a minute under my qualifying time and need to be faster to apply and be accepted to run nowadays. I'm still shy about talking about it, but it's something I want that I can't deny.
I talked about why a BQ is an A goal but obviously it's not everything here last year before I ran the Chicago Marathon. Since I wanted to run a flat-ish marathon course, my options were limited. Because of my school schedule I also didn't want to run a marathon that was going to be a big trip and farther away.
The Philadelphia Marathon has been on my list of races to run for a while. I've shied away from it the past couple of years because I really would rather run a race earlier in the Fall since I have more time to train in the summer and less in the Fall, especially now that grad school is crazy. I ran the Philadelphia Half Marathon a couple years ago and have obviously raced there a bunch.
Once I PRed a half marathon in Philadelphia a couple weeks ago (recap to follow!), my choice to run it was solidified. I love Philly, and it loves me. I signed up on the day registration open, sadly missing their really discounted marathon entries, but still getting early bird registration.
So yep, Philadelphia Marathon 2016, and I'm all ready to go!
Not so fast. Did you forget that I'm a crazy runner lady?
|Maybe I'm an old fart, but this skit never gets old!|
I've been getting emails for weeks from the Chicago Marathon about entering the lottery or applying for guaranteed entry (which I qualify for again, as I did last year). Then I saw a bunch of friends were entering the lottery. Then I thought long and hard about getting vengenace on that Chicago Marathon course which mostly because of the heat last year, kicked my butt.
So despite only being able to pop in and out of Chi-town for a weekend to run a race, I found myself literally an hour before the lottery and my chance to apply for guaranteed entry ended, pulling out my credit card and submitting my application. How could I not when I again didn't even have to go through the anxiety-inducing lottery process?!
BECAUSE I REALLY LIKE CHICAGO (when it's not freezing cold and wintry or when it's hot and I'm trying to run 26.2 miles) .
Honestly Chicago is so well-organized and has been two good experiences for me, that it's hard to not run it again.
So yup, Chicago again and then Philadelphia a little over a month later.
Third time's a charm with Chicago?
I read you need to forget your last marathon before doing another. I think I have definitely forgotten all the pain and tears from the end of Chicago Marathon 2015 and only remember the smiles, beers, and post-race doughnuts and pizza.
Runners are a crazy & awesome breed of people.
Do you have any big goal races or fit events later in the year? Are you a fellow crazy runner?