Tahoe is experiencing a cold snap, and I ran with my dog on a chilly (mid-40's), overcast and windy afternoon. I was going to run 8 miles, but my chocolate Lab-mix pooped out on me (the thin air got to him, too!). So I dropped him off at our house, and when I did, the neighbor across the street came over and started chatting.
Diversion! After about 15 minutes, my legs felt stiff. And I got lazy. So I wimped out on the remaining 3 miles.
Help me decide: And, anyway, I don't know what fall/winter marathon I'm doing any more. I was going to run the Santa Clarita Marathon (just north of Los Angeles) on Nov. 4. But the packing, moving, driving x-country, etc., has done serious damage to my marathon training.
Another possibility is the California International Marathon in Sacramento on Dec. 2. I've heard great things about this race, such as it being a great Boston qualifier. But the marathon is only a week before the Honolulu Marathon (which I'm going to run just for fun), and I've already booked my travel plans for that.
Sigh. There's the Orange County Marathon on January 6, 2008. But it's muy expensive ($90 compared to CIM's $65) and much of the course is on knee-punishing concrete. There's also the Surf City Marathon in Huntington Beach. But it's not until Feb. 3. And it's also expensive.
Any suggestions on which marathon I should run? The rules: It has to be on the west coast, preferably in California. The race also has to be in November, December, or January.
I know. A head-scratcher.