So I may or may not have already chosen my next marathon before I even toed the line in Boston. A few of my friends had already decided on NYC for their fall marathon, but others of us were still trying to decide which one we’d run. When my friend Becky came back from the expo with a brochure for California International Marathon (CIM), I didn’t even think twice.
I’ve wanted to run this marathon for quite a while. It has a reputation for being a fast course with perfect temperatures. Um, perfect temperatures? Yeah, that might have its appeal for me right about now.
I’ve had several people ask if I want to do another marathon in the next few weeks to “make up” for Boston. I can understand why people want to do this–the fitness is there, and after months of hard training, it would be tempting to get another try for a good time. I don’t have that burning desire, though. I don’t feel “shorted” in any way by the conditions we were handed. It was something we had no control over. No, I did not get a good time at Boston. But I survived ridiculous conditions and I take no small amount of pride in that. I don’t need a “redemption race.”
That said: I’m pretty excited to get a crack at a PR this fall. I’ve been running marathons for a long time now and I’m not exactly young any more. Being a realist, I know my years for still nailing a PR are numbered, which is why a course like CIM looks pretty darn good right about now. It’s also not until the first weekend in December, which means I’ll have a lot of time between now and then to work on speed before ramping up the miles again in the fall. I really want a marathon where all of the elements are in place for a PR, where whether or not I get one rests squarely on my shoulders, and nothing else. I think CIM fits that bill.
Anyone else running CIM this year? Who has run it before and loved it?