By the way, did you know the term "bucket list" comes from the saying "kicked the bucket"? As in, things you want to do before you die. I'm not planning on crossing over to the other world anytime soon, so I figure I've got a few years to knock some of these races off the list. The races I'm eyeballing are all in the US.
Bryce Canyon Half Marathon
This half marathon is always held on the 2d Saturday in July. While there are quite a few half marathons that are near the national parks, this one runs on a downhill through Bryce Canyon. Sounds quite amazing! There is also another half marathon, which is held in conjunction with the Bryce Canyon ultra races June 17. This course sounds a little more challenging. I'd be up for either of them. For the more ambitious, there is a 100 mile, 50 mile, and 50k distance.
Marcia hipped me to this race last year when we were discussing Big Sur, and I haven't forgotten about it. Avenue of the Giants takes place this year May 7 and takes runners through Humboldt Redwoods State Park in Northern California. A small race, this one's right up my alley. There's a half marathon and a 10k as well. I won't get there this spring but you never know what the future holds.
Even though I've had my booty handed to me on a platter every time I've run one, you know I love me a Florida half marathon. There's just something about running in the warmth of the sun while the rest of the country is shivering. Yes, living in Chicago during the winter, I have no opportunity to prepare for the Florida heat and humidity. But my reward is being able to run in a beautiful place in the dead of winter. I haven't been to Key West for over 20 years. I'm sure a lot has changed since then. But who wouldn't want to be there in January? This one's coming up soon--January 15--so this year is out, but this one's on the list for next year!
Those of you who know me well are probably thinking--what? She hates crowds! But I won't lie--this is one race I'd love to run, provided I'm in the company of some good friends. I went to Las Vegas for the first time a couple of years ago with my sister with zero expectations--I didn't want to go--and we had an amazing weekend. I think this would be a lot of fun. Maybe I can make this one happen--#hotlottafun ladies? November 12.
This one is still the ghost that is haunting me. I haven't given up on it yet! I'd still love to run Boston and I still think I have a BQ in me if I can get this RA under control. The other problem is ALL THE CHEATING people are doing to get in. Even if I meet my qualifying time of 4:10 (a perk of getting older), I'd probably need to be right around 4 hours to guarantee an entry spot. I may never get there but I'm sure going to keep trying. It keeps me motivated.
I'm linking up with Running on Happy and Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday 5 2.0!