During a happy hour with some of Elizabeth's co-workers before the ZOOMA Half, I got to talking about my race schedule. (Did anyone ask beyond "What brings you to Annapolis?" No. And yet here we are.) I talked a little about my winging-it plan, and how that meant that I may or may not run the Marine Corps Marathon this year depending on availability.
"Why don't you just run the Baltimore Marathon?" one of my companions replied.
I was doubtful. "I hear it's hilly..."
"Oh, it's really not that bad," he said, before clarifying that he's never run the full marathon, only the half.
So I'm still not sure about that. But his response did convince me to open up my eyes to, y'know, other fall marathons.
Really, it's only the possibility of hills that give me pause. Although I tackled them gamely during the ZOOMA Half, I'm not sure I want to multiply that experience x2. Of course, if it's more a matter of hills here and there, that's something else entirely. After all, the Rock 'n Roll Marathon rudely hit me with a large hill at miles 22 AND 23 and I survived. I didn't like it, but I survived. I'll need to do more investigation into the course before I make a call.
OR WILL I?
The impediment comes with the distance - it'd be a 6 or 7 hour drive there and back, and we'd need to get a hotel. If I register, I am committed to what amounts to a four day weekend road trip.
So I'm not ready to pull the trigger on either race just yet. Luckily, I don't think either tends to sell out waaaay in advance. I'd like to hold a decision until August if I can. MCM bib transfer opens in mid-July. We'll see how it all shakes out.
Have you run the Baltimore Marathon or Outer Banks Marathon? Which would you recommend? Got any other race suggestions?
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