Winter Marathon Planning. Decisions, Decisions.

Screen Shot 2014-03-27 at 7.04.28 PMIf you haven’t come to realize, I’m not much of a planner. Even when I do plan, I’m kind of like a drunk person getting sobriety field tested—instead of walking along a straight line, I waver and zigzag over that line hoping the cop won’t notice. I find that I tend to do what I feel like doing in that moment, rather than adhere to something I had previously decided would be a good idea.

Unfortunately for me I enjoy running larger road races. I like the energy effusing from the participants, cheerers and town as a whole. It’s about the only time I actually enjoy crowds. These larger races though tend to sell out rather far in advance, as well as get more expensive closer to the event, and I am getting to a point where I’d like to decide on a fall/winter marathon within the next month or two. At this point, I’ve narrowed it down to two races: California International Marathon (CIM) and the Honolulu Marathon.

CIM left a bad taste in my mouth the last time I was in Sacramento. A few years ago I signed up for the race because it happened to fall on my birthday and I thought that was just dandy. It was too be my second full marathon and my parents were coming up to cheer me on. The Saturday before the race I ended up getting food poisoning or some sort of stomach sickness, and was throwing up all day Saturday and through the night into Sunday morning. Needless to say, I didn’t run the race. To make matters worse, my hotel was almost directly in front of the finish line and when I finally made it out of my room I was engulfed by happy finishers with thermal jackets wrapped around their shoulders. I drove the 2 hours back to my apartment in Santa Cruz (where I lived at the time), cried a little and then spent the rest of my birthday alone.

Part of me doesn’t want to go back for fear of a similar experience and because I don’t want to drudge up those memories. At the same time, I want to show Sacramento who is boss—this bitch.

The Honolulu Marathon is on the list for the obvious reason—it’s in Honolulu. I like the idea of running a race, then collapsing on the beach in a bikini and a margarita beside me. On the con side, this race has varied elevation and wouldn’t be great for a PR (unlike CIM which is notoriously downhill, fast and ideal for PRs). It’s difficult for me to fathom starting a race knowing it’s impossible to get faster.

So what to do? Confront my past and aim for a PR? Or take a vacation and run for an experience, rather than time?

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5 thoughts on “Winter Marathon Planning. Decisions, Decisions.

  1. I’d say do Sacramento, precisely because of your bad experience before. It was a freakish thing anyway, and you need to move past it. Besides, Sacramento will be cheaper, and you live in San Diego, so you don’t need Hawaii as badly as most other people do in the winter. And you want another BQ, right?

  2. CIM. Show that bitch who’s boss! Or that boss who’s bitch…? You’re a boss bitch. Wait… Um…yeah, CIM.

    • I’m a bossy bitch. No, no…I’m not really that bossy. Bitchin’ boss? I’m the bitch that’s boss? Enough with the word play—I agree about CIM and am leaning that way as well!

      • The boss that’s bitchin’! 😉 as in a bitchin’ good time! Lol!

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