It has been almost six weeks since my last race. The NYC Marathon was waaaaaaayyyyyy back on November 1st. Seems like a lifetime ago. Seems like all I’ve done since is work my tail off, had very few days off, and get sick for two weeks. It really has been a bummer! I am sufficiently rested, and feel like signing up for a marathon for the first part of the year.
Problem is…. I just can’t find anything that works out for my schedule. I’d love to run Charleston in January, but that would entail an overnight stay in SC, and taking my dogs along with me. I’m just not sure I want to do that.
I really, really want to run Hilton Head for the third year in a row, but damn them for changing a race date of the first weekend in February to the following weekend, which is Valentines Day weekend! I can’t travel during Valentines. Well, not if I want to keep my job. So, that ones out. Again, Boo to Bearfoot Sports for changing the date!
A return to where my marathon days began, in Myrtle Beach, would be a perfect way to start out my racing for 2016. Another problem, it’s just too close to my race weekend in Asheville. I can’t take nearly every weekend from mid March to mid April off, now can I?
So, where does all of this leave me? I guess nowhere. I cannot spend money on a destination race involving any airfare so soon, so any marathon I begin my new season with has to be within decent driving distance of central NC, between mid January, and the end of February, and not 1/33-1/30 (on vacation), and not Valentines weekend.
I’ve scoured the race calendars, and it just doesn’t seem like it’s going to work out. Unless of course, you know of one that would fit perfectly into my parameters. Feel free to share, if you do. :). If not, I guess I will just have to spend the cold, dark winter months in training with no real marathon plans on the near horizon.
Ugh, I hate not having a rock solid race plan and something to look forward to after the first of the year. Help!