Happy Friday! Instead of doing a recap of my workouts this week [which were decidedly mediocre due to picking up Swede's cold on Sunday] I think I'll talk about something more fun: Bucket List races! These are the races that I would love love LOVE to do someday.
I'm actually a little unsure about destination races. I worry that... A) I'll get too tired sightseeing before the race that I'll have a bad race, B) I'll be too tired after the race to enjoy sightseeing, and/or C) I'll be too deep in the "pain cave" during the race to enjoy the course! I've only ever traveled specifically for a race once, in 2012 when I met some of my Florida friends for the Savannah Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon, which was awesome, so maybe I shouldn't worry so much. I don't even know if or when I'll ever do these races, but it's fun to dream.
1) OK, This is a sad one, because as I searched for the link to my top Bucket List race, the Nike Women's San Francisco Half Marathon, I found out that the race has been discontinued! Major bummer. I'd had my heart set of getting that Tiffany necklace someday.
2) Big Sur International Marathon: This is supposed to be one of the prettiest races in the world! The Half Marathon on Monterey Bay would also be neat if I don't have a full marathon in me.
3) Flying Pig: I don't know why but this race has always appealed to me. Maybe it's the funny name. I can't think of any other reason I would ever go to Cincinnati!
4) Tinker Bell Half Marathon at Disneyland: I ran the Disney World Marathon twice when I lived in Orlando, and grew up going to Disneyland in California. I think it'd be fun to do this race in costume!
5) Patagonia Running Adventure: I have wanted to do this multi-day running adventure trip in Patagonia ever since I saw an article about it in Trail Runner Magazine many years ago. It's a much bigger proposition than any of the single races above, so I'm not sure if it will ever happen, but it's definitely on the "someday maybe" list.
One race that was previously on the Bucket List is the Trans-Rockies Run, a six-day, 120-mile trail race in the Colorado Rocky Mountains that I completed with my dad in 2011. It was a very difficult but really incredible experience! [I also met Dean Karnazes! In the bottom right photo below.]
What are your thoughts of traveling for races? Do you have any Bucket List races?