Monday, June 06, 2011

First Marathon, Can't Decide

Running veterans, please help me decide:

OK. I can't decide between these two (2) marathons: Las Vegas on Dec. 4th, 2012; or the California International Marathon in Sacramento on that same day. Fees for Las Vegas are now $165.00, and include a tech tee shirt, plus more; and the fees for the CIM are $105.00 and include some swag, including a t-shirt, I believe. Las Vegas is supposed to be a flat run on city streets with a start and finish near each other; CIM is supposed to be a net down-hill run with rolling hills that starts in Folsom and ends at the state capitol building in Sacto (this requires a bus ride to the starting line).

I need to make a decision by the end of the week at the latest, but don't want to commit too quickly because there are no refunds. Vegas is cool, I've been there twice now, and my brother is planning to have his 40th birthday there. Going to Vegas for the marathon a week after that would require at least one to two days to acclimate to the altitude. Hrm. LV is only (2000) feet above sea level. Maybe I won't need that much acclimation, after all. But I will still need to start a training plan soon. And, I want to get in a 1/2 Marathon before December. Depending on how well I train up for this, maybe I can even get in a full marathon before December...

This is re-posted from from the National Running Day posts of Sweaty Emily and Hopelessly Ungraceful:

1.) What is your favorite distance to run?
So far, I am still doing the walk/jog, repeat, routine, and it is about (5.5) miles from my house to the drinking fountain and back.

2.) What is the best race you ever did?
That is still the Centennial Bay to Breakers this past May 15th, 2011. Finish time: (1:58:17).
Official Results
I still can't find my finishing time info from the 1984 Bay to Breakers, so this will have to do. And, this was after only six (6) weeks of running training, about five (5) months of cardio-strength training at the gym, and twenty (20) years of smoking.
3.) What is your favorite running attire?
My Nike running shorts (9-in. inseam), and my blue New Balance 1/4 zip pull-over.
Running Attire

4.) What is your favorite running gear?
That's a toss-up between my Garmin Forerunner 305, my new iPod Shuffle (2GB), and my new polarized running shades (that keep the rain, wind and bugs out of my eyes). I suppose my Garmin takes the lead: Without it I would have no idea how far I've gone, or how many calories I'm burning during my workouts.

5.) Biggest running accomplishment ever?
See #2 above.

6.) Favorite thing to eat after a run?
Dinner. Although a Snickers sounds really good. A Clif Peanut Butter Crunch bar is, in fact, very good after a run or gym or workout. I need to re-stock those.

[The Scottish Highland Games in Modesto were canceled today due to rain. Rats. :-/  ]



hopelessly ungraceful said...

SOOO glad you did this and that you let me know! :)

I would vote for Vegas, personally - more to do in town, and I think it would be fun to run in the desert and on the Strip, especially at night. I have read on other blogs, though, that the miles after the Strip can be a little boring, but meh, that's true of any race.

Lancer!! said...

Thanks for your vote, Hoplessly Ungraceful. And, lest we forget, Sweaty Emily has posted that she is registered for the Las Vegas run, too. Although I doubt I would see her in the teeming throngs of marathons runners and walkers...