It’s been several months since I’ve trained for a race and it’s been pretty glorious. Having my weekends free and flexible, being able to stay up as late as I want on Friday nights (which isn’t very late) and not having to plan my life around long runs, tempo runs and speedwork has been refreshing. It was exactly what I needed.
But now I find myself craving the long runs, the schedule, the structure, the hard workouts, the goal setting and basking in that post training bliss.
I feel ready to tackle another 26.2 and more importantly, the months and months of hard work and dedication leading up to it. You have to be mentally willing to train for a marathon and after a nice hiatus, I am. I’m ready and willing to push through those hard runs and conquer the distance every week which can sometimes be draining.
When my mental game is on point, I am able to find joy in the suffering and pride in the progress. I think I’m there again. I think I can do that.
I started snooping around the web for fall marathons and there were the obvious ones like Chicago and NYC. I had a guaranteed entry for Chicago but missed the deadline so that was out, and as far as I know, no one is giving me an entry and paying for me to run NYC like last year. So, I decided to pick a brand new city that I’ve never visited.
Somewhere beautiful. Somewhere different. And somewhere unforgettable.
And then I landed on St George, Utah.
Looking at pictures of St George gives me chills. It’s stunning.
I know this is an extremely popular race but I actually didn’t know much about it. Runner’s World calls it one of the four “Marathons to Build a Vacation Around” in the World! I read that and I was sold. I love traveling for races and have zero interest in running a marathon here in San Diego. I prefer to run a marathon along 26.2 miles of ground that I’ve never covered before. It’s the best exploration of a new place I can imagine and St George couldn’t be more perfect.
To make this race even more meaningful, I am running to raise money for Girls on the Run, a non-profit near and dear to my heart. Visit my fundraising page to read more about why I chose GOTR. If you feel like spreading the joy and power of running to under-served little girls, please consider making a donation. It warms my heart to know together we will (hopefully) transform the lives of a few girls and it will make race day that much more beautiful.
Utah… here I come!
Have you ever been to Utah? Tell me all about it!