So, it will likely come as a surprise to no one that I really want to run one more half marathon this spring. I’m in a groove and I’m liking it. But, my spring is a little crazy with soccer games and events and other social activities, so I’m pretty well limited to one weekend.
That leaves me with three race options:
My very first half marathon was the Zooma Annapolis half marathon in 2008. It was not a good experience for me. Some of it was my fault, some of it was beyond my control, some of it was the race itself. Thankfully, like childbirth, while I remember being miserable, the pain has diminished enough to think I could run it better. (Not necessarily faster as speed is barely making a comeback and it will likely be warm, but better and smarter.)
Source: Virginia Wine Country Half
The Virginia Wine Country half marathon runs through area where Beer Geek’s dad lives. It’s a beautiful area and they give you wine. I don’t know if I can get a bib, but I’ve seen a few for sale and they offer a legal transfer, so it’s a good possibility. It’s an easy drive, the logistics look manageable, and did I mention wine?
Buh Bye Comfort Zone
Source: North Face Endurance
North Face Endurance half marathon. It’s a trail race, but I’ve been told it’s a good intro to trail racing and can be run in road shoes. It’s beautiful. It’s an easy drive. It’s on Sunday, which works better for me. But I’ve never run a trail race and I’ve read that if it rains a lot between now and then it could be a big ole mud fest (and I’ll admit I’ve never been the least bit tempted to run a mud race. Just sayin’) It definitely falls in the category of “saying yes when I want to say no.”
I have no idea which one I to choose. A monkey throwing darts at a wall would likely make as informed of a decision as I might…
Which would you do?
Am I crazy to want to get in one more half this spring to get the nice round number of 8? Maybe you shouldn’t answer that…
Should I just stop and say “hey, I’ve run 7 amazing half marathons this year.” Perhaps I should stop while I’m ahead…