3 weeks from this weekend, my Dopey training schedule calls for a 13 mile run. Sounds like a great excuse to run a half marathon in another state. Since I just started my new job, I need to make sure this race was on a Sunday, so I don’t have to take a Friday off work (not sure that’s even allowed right now).
I live in Illinois and since I’ve already done Missouri, Wisconsin and Minnesota, that leaves Michigan, Indiana and Iowa as the other surrounding states if I wanted to drive. I already am signed up for a half in Michigan in October, Indiana in May, and I’m saving Iowa for October 2015… that doesn’t leave myself really any states I could drive to successfully.
When I looked at the half marathon racing schedule in the United States, only a few races jumped out to me for Sunday, September 21st. Rock N Roll Philly—but I was not in love with the bling. It’s just ok. I’d consider doing it if I did Rock N Roll Virginia Beach because there is an awesome Beach to Bell medal. There was a half in Bismarck, North Dakota that looked semi-interesting but the medal wasn’t doing it for me, neither was the price of the airfare. But one kept coming up and up… Omaha. The medal is cute (it lights up) and it’s supposed to be an overall flat course. I secured a hotel & rental car for $100 and airfare was not too bad either.
For the remaining 2014 year, I’ll do one more half marathon (Detroit) and then I’m going to do the Hot Chocolate 15k in Chicago in November. December is a really crazy Dopey training month, so I’ll be focusing on that during my weekends in December.
So excited!! I love racing 🙂