For several years now, “Run a Marathon” has been languishing on my life list. Last fall I decided that 2013 would be the year I finally made it happen. I didn’t have anything else going on this year other than going to Italy in March and running the Pittsburgh Half Marathon in May with D (his first one!) so I figured this was the year. I set my sights on Chicago in October and told everyone I knew about this goal so that fear of public humiliation would hold me to it.
And then I went and got engaged. The wedding is on November 2, three weeks after the Chicago marathon. Now, I’ve never gotten married OR run a marathon, but I don’t think it’s wise that I do both of these things within weeks of each other (right? I mean step in if I’m blowing these out of proportion here but I really don’t want to end up injured or sick at my own wedding. Snot-faced is not a good look for me and I catch colds as often as some people wash their sheets). So I started looking around for an earlier marathon that wasn’t too far from Pittsburgh...and I came up totally empty handed. I wanted something within driving distance (I’m on a budget here, what with the trip to Italy and getting married and all) in the late summer/early fall (for training/timing purposes). I cannot find anything that isn’t either too far away or really lame-sounding. I mean, I love the idea of a leisurely run down a country road, but not for my first marathon. For that I want a little excitement, a little bit of hoopla.
So, I guess I will not run a marathon this year. Perhaps I will run a marathon in 2014. As weird as it sounds, I’m really sad that I won’t be running my first marathon in Chicago this October. I kind of had my heart set on returning to one of my favorite cities in the world to run one of the most popular marathons in the world. My parents were going to come up, I have a ton of friends still living in the city, and it’s so gloriously flat that it makes 26.2 miles not sound all that bad. This was going to be my year.
I know I can always run a marathon (ha!) and I’m only getting married once, but I’m still not completely okay with the fact that this won’t be the year. I wanted to do it before I turned 30, and I don’t think that’s going to happen (unless I train for and run one before May 1, 2014). Unless there’s a fantastic marathon that fits all my specific parameters that I somehow haven’t heard about yet? If so, leave your suggestion in the comments!