6'0 tall, former athlete, mother of 3, struggling to keep up on the RUN of daily life.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Covering the PNW 26.2 Miles at a time

Muscle Man and I were looking through Craigslist ads. I thought it would be fun to look up "Marathon" we found a post for a race number to the Crater Lake race, if you are interested in buying a bib for this weekend look on Craigslist. Hmmm...CLICK....Can you say PRETTY?? Conversation "Wow we should plan a vacation around that next year...that would be fun." Next August I could check Oregon off the list for 26.2. But HILLS....UGH!!! Not so sure??

This, of course, led me to look a little closer to home, but also outside Washington. To Coeur d Alene, Idaho. The 33rd (yes 33rd it is a sign from the Marathon Gods) Coeur d Alene race will be held on May 10, 2010. My in-laws live 40 minutes for there. Check Idaho off the list.

So in a few short clicks I may have just mentally registered for 2 Marathons in 2010 and if not these races I have started the mental preparation for future Marathons. Covering the BEAUTIFUL Pacific Northwest by the power of my size 10's.

No, I have not put the money down yet....but how exciting to even be thinking about it... I did say I would "Never do this again." How soon we forget...

Has anyone run either of these races?

Feedback good or bad?

How do you decide which Marathons to run?

And recomendations for Feb through August 2010? Would love to run in Oregon, Idaho or California to save in Travel costs...and check off another state.


Marci said...

If I had of ran SF marathon, I was going to run Crater Lake to check off Oregon. No feedback, but it looks like a fabulous race, not PR material if that matters to you!

Marci said...

Oh and I forgot to mention, I don't know if you know the site
www.marathonguide.com. It list all the marathon in NA and there are reviews from runners that have completed the races.

Chellie has Issues said...

Coeur d' Alene I heard is very flat. I haven't ran it yet. Spokane will have a marathon in May 2010 too. You run from the Idaho/Washington border to downtown Spokane via our Centennial Trail. Also pretty flat. It's a qualifying race for Boston if that interests you.

Jo Lynn said...

Don't let hills scare you away from a race in a beautiful place. They're not that bad once you get to the top of them. ;)

Being Robinson said...

ohhh how exciting! i still think you should consider OKC with running lawyer and i! i think we've convinced ashley to do it too! i have the HARDEST time picking marathons, for me it comes down to cost and schedule. so pragmatic!

J said...

You have to run the one in Idaho if its the 33rd race! Come on! And we all say we will "never do that again" and then we do!

jessica said...

don't you love planning the next one! try checking the marathon maniacs website (they also have a new division for half-marathoners)http://www.marathonmaniacs.com/. There are usually some free or almost free 'flat-a$$' runs around the Puget Sound area. Last year I ran the Pig-Tails Flat A$$ on December 20 and just donated some food as my entry fee. I also ran the day before the Seattle marathon in November it was called 'The Ghost of Seattle Marathon' and I think I donated ten bucks for the aid station support. Most of these are small runs (less that 100 people) and you tend to see the same folks at each one, there are fun, but I also like the destination runs.... that being said, off to pack for my half marathon in Bend! If I think of any more I'll let you know.

Aron said...

SFM!!! its at the end of July and such a cool race. Then you could check off Cali :)

Eugene is in May too and that was a beautiful course and pretty fast one too if you are going for a PR/BQ. I definitely want to do that one again one of these years.