Oops, i did it again.
This marathon is for YOU, Las Rocas Garnacha!
Ok, you really shouldn't be that shocked. I intended to run a spring marathon, I just hadn't chosen one yet. So here is a glimpse at my (wine-fueled) decision making progress.
I thought the Chicago Marathon was an amazing experience, but ultimately, it is not for me. In fact, it really stressed me out. I was agitated the entire time, and i felt like everyone was staring at me and i couldn't breathe. Some people are really motivated by huge crowds of spectators. I am not. In fact, huge crowds make me want to curl up and hide. I might as well have run the whole damn thing naked, because thats what i felt like.
It's not to say i didn't have a good time - i did. It's just not an ideal situation for me, and i don't think i will run my best race at a huge event like that. I run the best when no one cares, knows, or is looking. I know it sounds stupid, but its true. It's like that frog that did nothing when you were staring at it, but then danced every time you look away. I'm that frog, only for distance running.
I actually think i would do best running the 26.2 completely by myself in a post-apocalyptic world that somehow still managed to provided me with water stations. A marathon of one, just for me: The Sarathon. I could even have Matt and Waffles waiting at the end with a medal made from a soup can lid and a t-shirt hand decorated with puffy paint. That would be sweet. Sadly, i don't see that happening anytime soon.
So i was mulling over a few options. I thought Salt Lake City would be fun for a get away, but we are already planning a marathon weekend get away in August, and Matt said I am limited to one a year, until we become millionaires.
Some of local options:
The Illinois Marathon - What sounds like a great mid-sized marathon. I have friends in Champaign, as well as friends running the race!
The Flying Pig Marathon - Fairly large, but really amazing. I did the half last year - but i wouldn't have a chance in hell at a PR with that whole three mile mountain incline in the middle.
The Rockford Marathon - Too soon? I think it might be for me. I ultimately decided that until i know they have their act together, i would rather participate from the sidelines. Which i WILL! If anyone plans on running this next year, keep your eyes peeled for the Gingerfoxxx Party Zone somewhere on the course!
The Sunburst Marathon - I had a great race there! The cobblestone was a little rough on my feet though, and do i want to wait until June??
Misc Small Great Lakes Region Marathons - There are actually a bunch! All very tiny. 500 marathoners or less.
So, what marathon did i choose????
The Waushara County Jailbreak Marathon in Central Wisconsin! Maybe i am becoming an old grouchy lady, but i like the idea of driving to the start line, using a restroom without waiting, and approaching an aid station with no one to crash into.
The Jailbreak Marathon makes it very clear: There will be no one cheering. If you need spectators, go away. I like that. It's the anti-Chicago Marathon. It's an extremely rural marathon through the amish countryside. Basically, there is no one around, and the only people watching you are a few cows and maybe some Amish folk. That sounds amazing to me right now as i am still recovering from the corrals, gear check, and finisher's chute of the Chicago Marathon. Its also not too far from where my Dad is buried, and to be honest, it's a good excuse to go visit and leave some flowers. It's such a remote area, that i feel serene just thinking about it. I don't know what stood out about this marathon, but something in their atrocious website spoke to me. I was meant to run this marathon. And who knows, maybe this is the first step in trying to go after the 50 states club? So, There is my plan for spring! Hopefully it will not be 92 degrees that day, but i suppose even if it is, i have plenty of back-ups!
(For the record, I am doing the half at Flying Pig again, and dragging Matt with me. I fully expect him to push me down that hill at some point -It's going to be so fun!)