Thursday, June 27, 2013

Marathon Bucket List

If money wasn't a factor, my "full time job" would be running!  Well, it would actually be operating a Boston Terrier sanctuary and spending all my time outside of that running!  I would also adopt a Rhodesian Ridgeback to be my running partner :)  I would spend my days training, stretching, icing, and planning out where the next race would be.  See how easily I get off track with this?  Hey, we all have dreams right?  Anyways....

I have been so incredibly blessed to get to travel to a few destination races.  Traveling to a new place to run brings a whole new level of excitement to the sport!  When you spend hours and hours, day after day, of training in the same location it can get mind numbingly boring!  I'm a Texas girl 100%, but is so nice to see some new sites while out on a run.  "Oh, hey look, mountains!"  It's the little things that excite me.  Destination races also add a new level of stress to the mix!  Packing for a race pretty much takes up an entire suitcase and not to mention the entire flight there you are praying that they don't lose your luggage.  "Did I pack the right sports bra and the shorts that don't make me look like a whale?"  "I sure hope my GU doesn't explode in my luggage."  I'm a worry wart by nature, which is also why I gladly pay $8 for a cocktail on an airplane. 

I decided to put together a list of the races that I want to run.  I've kept a mental note of races over the years but I decided to write it down.  A goal that isn't written down is just a wish, right?  They are in no particular order and I fully expect this list to grow over time.  In my opinion, there is no better way to explore a city than on foot.  You get to see the sights, smell the smells (which can be interesting...), and remember details about each corner that you wouldn't get to experience any other way.  For some cities I have a specific race that I want to run, while others I know I want to run there just not sure which one yet!  If you have any that you think I should check out, send them my way!    

Official Bucket List
  • San Francisco Marathon
  • Texas Hill Country Marathon
  • New York City Marathon
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Portland, OR
  • Boston Marathon
  • Maui Marathon
  • Negril, Jamaica - The Reggae Marathon
  • Australia Outback Marathon
  • New Orleans
  • Run to The Pub Half Marathon - Bozeman, Montana
  • Bahamas Marathon
  • Dallas Marathon (I don't know why but I feel obligated to run a full in my own backyard)
  • Napa Valley
  • Big Sur Marathon
  • Las Vegas
  • Seattle, WA
  • Mount Desert Island Marathon - Maine 
  • Walt Disney World Marathon
  • Athens Greece Marathon