A few years ago I couldn't imagine running a 5K, much less a marathon. (and I'd never even HEARD of an ultra marathon!)
When I trained for and ran my first marathon I thought it would be once race. Done. Mark it off the list. Go back to halfs.
Who did I think I was kidding?
I've run five marathons: NYC, Cincinnati Flying Pig, Dallas White Rock, Houston and Ft. Worth Cowtown. In July I'll run my 6th (hey, ultras count) and in October I'll head to D.C. to run my 7th marathon.
My PLAN is to run White Rock again in December, Houston again in January (fingers crossed I get in) and then revisit the 50K at Cowtown in February. That will make 10.
I hope that I'll be running marathons for years to come. But who knows? So I'm making a list of races that I simply must run.
Chicago Marathon - because you just have to. It's Chicago! I'm praying the year I run it isn't 400 degrees. I can't watch The Spirit of the Marathon and NOT want to run Chicago. Early October.
Austin Marathon - It's Austin, so I have to. Because I'm basically in love with everything Austin. Those hills scare me, but I could use it as a training run for Big Sur. February.
Detroit Free Press Marathon - I know, I know. No one in their right mind wants to go to Detroit. But one of my dear friends lives outside of Detroit so I'd get to see her. Plus, they have Noodles. I could carb load like a maniac. I just love that Noodles! Annnd, the race crosses a bridge and goes into Canada. Now, how cool is that? I could actually say that I ran all the way to Canada. Usually mid October.
San Diego Rock n'Roll - No, I'm not really the biggest fan of the RnR series. Don't get me started. But I've always wanted to go to San Diego. And who doesn't want to run along the beach? Held in early June.
Big Sur - because I'm a glutton for punishment. And because I want to be able to say I did it. Even though it might actually kill me. May.
Stockholm Marathon - I've always wanted to go to Sweden and this is a flat, fast course at sea level. And it's Sweden, so, duh. Held in May.
Toronto Marathon - I love Toronto. Love. Plus, I could see Jenn! It's in, surprise, May.
Omaha Marathon - Yes, Omaha. I've always wanted to go to Nebraska but I couldn't tell you why. September.
Do you see a trend here? Looks like I'll be very busy in May and October!
What races are on your "must run" list?