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Running Schedule

Most runners probably mapped out their race schedule for 2014 months ago.  I haven't really started adding on the miles until lately so I was definitely not in that frame of mind.  

I just read a journal entry from Memorial Day when I ran 8 miles and said, "I'm so out of shape."  Which I still am, but I continue to add on the miles and be patient with myself. 

So I took last year off from racing, but I think I'm ready to get my 5th marathon under my belt and I've been thinking for awhile about doing that marathon in St. Louis.  With Chicago entry rules a bit annoying now and the fact that it may or may not always conflict with my nephew's birthday, St. Louis (a couple weeks later) is a safer option.  I know there will be hills, which I can't train with and it will be very different than Chicago.  But it's time to try something new.

October 19
$115 (about half the cost of Chicago!)

*please note, I have not registered yet so this is not set in stone

Also

Conflicting or maybe complimenting this is a half marathon my friend wants me to run with her in Big Sur in November.  
Big Sur is most definitely on my list of places to visit and I went on a date with this guy who just watched his brother run the Big Sur marathon in the spring and it sounds amazing.  Super hard.  But amazing.  
So I thought, If the half is sort-of the same course as the full, I'm in.  
I did my research and it is not the same course.  Honestly, when I was in Monterey, CA for work a little over a year ago, I ran along the bay and the course looks like it's basically that route.  Meh.
So what to do?  
Marathon and then a month later half in Monterey?  (It looks more like a Monterey half than a Big Sur half.  I think they just want to use the name.)  But we would make our way around Big Sur while we are there...

I really don't know what to do.
Also to consider.  Flights there are around $300 right now (I can probs use points for this.)  Race entry is $115, which in my opinion is a bit steep for a half.  My friend offered to use her Hilton points for hotel so we won't have to pay for that.  Which is funny because my Marriott points keep building and I need to use some too...  

No, really, what should I do?

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