I’ve sort of adopted a new goal over this past year, and it’s a pretty lofty one. Like many of my readers, I really enjoy traveling. It’s super fun to be able to travel and to race during the same trip, too. I’m not altogether sure how realistic this goal is, but I would really love to be able to run each of the six Marathon Majors in the world before I retire from marathoning.
In 2014, with a stroke of good luck, I was able to run the 1st of the Big 6. Chicago! Big city marathons are a production. Thousands of runners, millions of spectators. I sort of fell in love with the grandeur of it all. I checked that one off the list. When I decided to run New York City this year for charity, it meant that I would be running my 2nd of the Big 6. Again, an epic race and experience. Finishing NYC a few weeks ago meant that I had completed 1/3 of the Marathon Majors. I kinda like this gig!
So, it begs to question…. where to next? There are four remaining races that I need to run to complete this goal. The last four are London, Tokyo, Berlin and Boston. All require travel, and trips abroad, to boot. Expensive! Then there’s Boston. Maybe the hardest one for me to achieve. Those damn qualifying standards!
Recently, on a whim, I decided to enter the Berlin Marathon lottery. The race isn’t until late September in 2016, so if I get in, there is plenty of time to plan the trip. An epic trip it would be, too. I’ve never even been abroad. Never been to Europe. Wouldn’t that be just an amazing reason to travel to another continent for the first time? I should know if I get in or not in another few weeks. The lottery drawing occurs the first week of December.
Curious to know if anyone out there reading this has run the Berlin Marathon in the past? What did you think? Would you run it again? How about anyone out there that has run Tokyo, or London? Which was your favorite?
I am excited, and a bit nervous to hear the results of the lottery. If I’m chosen, the journey continues. If not, which direction, which race will be next? I’ll be sure to keep you posted.