I’ve never done a destination race. When I first started running I signed up for the Virginia Beach Half Marathon, but work forced my first DNS and left me once bitten, twice shy about signing up for an out-of-town race. But over the past few years I’ve fallen in love with running in two distant cities: Chicago and New York. Am I smitten enough to do a destination race in one of these cites?
I asked my friend if she’d run Chicago with me.
She said No!
Then she said, If we did it for fun, without caring about our pace ….
Then I said, We’d have to do it that way–to enjoy the course.
And then I said, I have a big birthday next year, you know ….
And so a crazy bucket list idea was born. It’s still in the “crazy” stage. If I could run Chicago without having to train for a marathon, I would be ready to commit. But I know that’s not how it works. I know that training for a marathon is that only way that running a marathon could possibly be enjoyable. And so, I’m debating. But I did check the Chicago Marathon website to put the lottery date on my calendar.
Doing a half marathon in Chicago would be more realistic, but the courses for the two big half marathons (Chicagoland in May and Chicago in September) seem to follow the same route I run when I visit the city. It’s a great route, but I’m not sure it’s worth the hassle and expense of a destination race when work is bound to take me back anyway. Chicago runners, what do you think?
On the other hand, the course for the New York City Half Marathon in March may be just different enough from my Central Park loop to entice me. It starts in the park and includes most of the loop, but then continues south along the Hudson River and through Battery Park. The lottery is open–have you entered?
I’m not sure why I’ve finally been bitten by the destination race bug, but I think my experiences running in these cities on business trips have left me wanting more.
Speaking of business trips, I had a quick one last week.
While the scenery on our drive through
Connecticut was lovely,
the only running I did was in the hotel gym.
Here’s my recap for the Weekly Wrap Link Up
hosted by Holly–whose Chicago recap is so inspiring–and Tricia.
Monday: 4.6 miles on the hotel gym treadmill. It was so warm I could barely stand it, but I stuck it out and got it done.
Tuesday: 45 minute strength workout at home.
Wednesday: 60 minute Orange Theory Fitness class.
Thursday: 4.5 mile neighborhood run.
It’s so dark!
Friday: 45 minute strength workout at home.
Saturday: 7 mile run in my new Gym Girl skirt from SkirtSports.
Sunday: 29 mile bike ride. We started out near Dulles and headed west through Leesburg in search of fall foliage. We weren’t too successful with that goal, but it was a lovely fall ride.
The ride back was a breeze– mostly downhill all the way!
If you’ve run any of the Chicago half marathons (or another one I should check out) of the NYC Half, I’d love your input. If you have written a recap, feel free to drop a link in the comments.