Five inches of relatively fresh snow puts an outdoor training run on hold (the treadmill? – I’m not feeling it, today). Why even consider a January run? Well, because this is summer race selection season. What to do, or do again? Here are my favorite events thus far:
- Grandma’s Marathon (Duluth, Minnesota), best organized, beautiful course.
- Country Music Marathon (Nashville, Tennessee), great entertainment at every milepost.
- River Bank Run (Grand Rapids, Michigan), though this 25K is definitely not a marathon, it has become a regular spring trainer.
- Air Force Marathon (Dayton, Ohio), the buzz (literally) of Wright Patterson base aircraft keeps your head on a swivel.
- Free Press Marathon (Detroit, Michigan), my hometown course – tunnel, bridge, and island – plenty of bells and whistles.
- Rock and Roll Marathon (Cleveland, Ohio), supposedly a Rock N’ Roll marathon. Little live rock, big on stereo speakers at each mile marker.
- Glass City Marathon (Toledo, Ohio), almost guaranteed to rain, or hail, or rain hail, etc.
- Run Thru Hell (Hell, Michigan), only 10 miles of up and down dirt roads, but this early August run is a springboard to your favorite fall event.
- Dragonboat races (Toledo, Ohio), two nights of training on the Maumee River and then a full day of racing feels like a marathon.
- MS Bike to the Bay (Maumee to Port Clinton, Ohio), 75 miles there, and 75 miles back, unless you make a wrong turn.
I can’t decide at the moment – not feeling it. We’ll just start an 18-week training schedule and see what appeals toward the beginning of February.