I’ve done it! I have finally made a decision about my first marathon. Newport it will be!
I am not a good decision maker. I agonize. I research and I plan and I debate with myself until I’m exhausted. Just when I think I’ve made a decision, I second guess myself and begin to pick it apart. Deciding on which marathon to select as my first was no different.
There are so many factors to consider and I just wanted to make sure my decision was a good one. The right one. The best one possible.
No pressure or anything.
In the end, it came down to two primary factors:
- Location – I didn’t want to travel too far. Newport is only a couple hours by car. I can easily travel there the day before the race and have plenty of time to rest after arriving.
- Timing – The idea of running the local Portland Marathon as my first was very tempting, but I just didn’t want to wait until October. While I still have training to do, I really don’t think I need quite that much time to prepare and the extra wait felt a bit painful to think about.
The Newport Marathon is a smaller event, capping out at 900 runners, but after much research I have found it to be generally well-reviewed by other runners. It has a pattern of being well-organized and is a mostly flat course. I think June will be ideal as far as weather is concerned and it’s not so small that I’ll feel too lonely (I hope).
So, with just a bit under 5 months to go, the training plan is being finalized so I that I can stay focused through the rest of winter and spring. Having run a personal distance PR of 17.5 miles last weekend, I’m feeling good about being ready come June 1st.
If any of you seasoned marathoners out there have any tips or advice, I gladly welcome them. I am both incredibly excited and somewhat terrified all at once – but that’s what conquering new personal challenges is all about, right?