Life picked up after that first Chicago Marathon--I got married, student-taught, graduated college, whirled through my first year of teaching, suffered through a bad stint of anemia (read: no long runs), got my graduate degree, moved to Kansas City, and got a new teaching job. Needless to say, my goal was put on a short hold. I ran halves, but couldn't commit to training for a whole until recently.
I thought getting out there and qualifying would be easy based on my original marathon time and the my half-marathon PR, but we all know what happened when my feet hit the pavement for my two marathons since getting back in the game--RECORD HEAT!!! And a big lesson: I can't control everything.
Now, without a race scheduled before Boston Registration opens in September, I need to focus on which races will get me to Boston in 2013. I will turn 30 in the fall of 2013--so this is it. It is go time.
Right now I am looking at the Twin Cities, Kansas City, and Dallas in 2011; and Grandma's in 2012.
Another goal I have is Debt-Free by 30, so money is an issue. Most likely, my finances will only allow travel to one race in 2011 and one in 2012. Twin Cities is known to be fast, but that would be only my chance in the fall. If I did KC and it was a hot day, I could always fall back on Dallas in December. Grandma's is just on the list for good measure--and the fact that I've always wanted to do it and have a friend in the area to stay with.
So what will it be?
This one :
Or this one:
Help me decide...