On I went, out of the wood, passing the man leading without knowing I was going to do so. Flip-flap, flip-flap, jog-trot, jog-trot, curnchslap-crunchslap, across the middle of a broad field again, rhythmically running in my greyhound effortless fashion, knowing I had won the race though it wasn't half over, won it if I wanted it, could go on for ten or fifteen or twenty miles if I had to and drop dead at the finish of it, which would be the same, in the end, as living an honest life like the governor wanted me to. -Alan Sillitoe, "Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner"

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

POLL!

Marine Corps Marathon registration opens tomorrow. I ran it in 2011 and liked it.

Philadelphia Marathon registration opens Monday. I've never run the marathon (I ran the 8k a bunch of times), but I lived there many years - and liked it.

Should I...
a) register for MCM?
b) register for Philly?
c) register for BOTH?
d) use that money to buy some more ice cream?

Please answer in the comments.

22 comments:

  1. If you haven't done Philly before, I think you should do that. I've only done the half there but I was impressed by the organization and the way the whole city seemed to turn out to support.

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    1. I was one of those people, blasting Rocky from my speakers out my window in Center City during the race!

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  2. You should run a trail ultra this fall. Seriously. You've already run like a gazillion big city marathons. Something different might give your running motivation a shot in the arm. The training isn't that hard, it's just time on your feet.

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    1. I like that plan, a lot actually. Any suggestions of races to consider? The lure of the big city marathon, though, is easy transportation and having free places to stay.

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    2. You can do a search for events here: http://www.ultrarunning.com/calendar.html

      I appears to be a pretty comprehensive database.

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    3. I've now spent over an hour on that site. Inexplicably there are few trail ultras in the northeast in the fall, unless I'm missing something.

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    4. Well, that's about the same amount of time you wasted at Active.com. I await your check for $120,000.

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  3. Buy lots of blizzards and train to get in really good shape. Don't let those silly marathon interfere with your training! tapering and recovery sucks.

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    1. So you're suggesting choice d, then?

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  4. Buy lots of blizzards and train to get in really good shape. Don't let those silly marathon interfere with your training! tapering and recovery sucks.

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  5. A or C because I'm going to try and get in and then I can meet you in person in DC! :) (Self serving answer, eh?)

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    1. That's exactly th way I'm leaning!

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  6. Choice d, (for now). I think you should wait, because knowing you you will register for both, something unlucky will happen or you'll be out of the country, and then you'll be out all that cash and trying to unload 2 bibs. You can get in to one of those races closer to go time after you see how training is going.

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    1. Something unlucky would happen... like I'd decide I didn't want to run them? MCM sold out in 2 hours last year. The good thing about MCM is that they allow legal bib transfers, so I could most likely recoup that money. In other words, it's an *investment*, right? (Can you tell which way I'm leaning?

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  7. I vote Philadelphia Marathon. It's always more exciting to run in a place you lived.

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    1. I don't disagree. What I can't figure out is why I never ran it while I was living there!

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  8. I ran Philly Half a couple years ago and loved it! It's a great tour of the city and the crowd support is fantastic. It's also a very flat and fast course, great for PR if you're looking for that. I'd run it again in a heartbeat!

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    1. That's a solid endorsement of the race. I can't figure out why it is that I'm so drawn to MCM. I hadn't even really considered Philly as a possibility until a friend mentioned it yesterday.

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  9. Both! Both both both!

    But if you have to choose one, Philly. Because we were awesome there. And because the Eye of the Tiger will burn brighter there than in DC.

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    1. I like your style :)
      I'm leaning toward both because MCM I can always resell... so registering for both isn't exactly agreeing to do both, you know?

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  10. Dude, you're supposed to run it with me. Didn't we have this conversation like last year?

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    1. I'm on the website, don't worry :)

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