I've decided to not run the Miami Marathon in January.
No, I'm not injured. Training is going well.
Nor am I scared I can't go the distance.
It comes down to money. Miami's just too expensive for a weekend in and out. All the decent hotels in Miami are $200+. The "affordable" ones have horrible reviews that say stuff like "absolute dump" and "the worst." And Allie aren't super keen on doing a long Florida vacation -- not at the top of our list right now.
So instead I'm going to run the Rocket City Marathon on December 8.
It's gotten incredible reviews. Allie and I can drive to it. And the race hotel is mega cheap.
I'm postively thrilled at the prospect.
The only problem is that it kind of undermines my idea of having a goal to work toward during the bleak winter months.
I'm thinking of also running the LA Marathon on March 2 -- if the Huntsville one goes well and I recover in two weeks.
LA is one of the ones I've really, really wanted to do.
I have such an enormous crush on that city, and the notion of running from the San Fernando Valley to Downtown LA sounds like an incredible blast.
Plus it's a lot cheaper than Miami, believe it or not. You can get a reasonable room for $100. And everything -- airport, hotel, starting line -- is on the rail line.
Now we're set. The plan is in place. Now I just have to pray I don't get injured in training.