During half marathon training, I secretly decided that, someday, I would run a full marathon.
(It must have been a really good run when I made that decision because in mile 5 of my half marathon, I was convinced that full marathons were a HOAX.)
There was no question in my mind which would be my first: Chicago. By all accounts, it’s an amazing first marathon. I’ve always wanted to visit the city, mostly to eat at the restaurants of Grant Achatz and Rick Bayless. The first marathon recap I ever read was Liz’s description of the 2010 marathon, so it’s been on my radar since before racing even felt like a possibility. Chicago is typically held on my birthday weekend (10/7), allowing me to celebrate a new age with a huge accomplishment. Not a bad tradition! I went public with my intentions several months ago and have completely adjusted to the reality that I would run the Chicago Marathon on 10/13/2013.
So, yesterday, I was randomly reading an article that mentioned the Portland Marathon. On 10/6. In Portland, OR. I love Portland. I live (relatively) near Portland. It’s supposed to be very friendly to first-timers. Registration is open.
My attachment to Chicago was a bit hard to let go of but as I considered the huge list of pro’s, it was a no-brainer:
- BIRTHDAY WEEKEND!!! Aaaaaaand I will get my first marathon in on the last day of age 30. F*CK YES.
- Much closer to California so the travel is less expensive and less stressful.
- MUCH closer to Seattle so spectating will be much easier, more convenient, and less expensive for my family.
- Food trucks. Food trucks.
- Bestie lives in Portland.
- VOODOO DONUTS. WHAT BETTER PRE AND POST RACE FUEL IS THERE?
- Less expensive!
- Mid 50’s. After training all summer, how GOOD will that feel?
- The Chicago Marathon will always be there and because it won’t be my first one, I won’t need my entourage to travel with me!
I pondered for about 10 minutes, got the blessing from my parents and dude, and registered! And then I got REALLY excited. Woke up this morning, still REALLY excited.
I AM GOING TO RUN A MARATHON.