Camp Pendleton Races announced their 2010 race calendar last week, about five weeks earlier than they did a year ago. I remember last year waiting, wondering, hoping to hear about the 2009 race calendar. I suppose I was a bit eager since I ran my first Mud Run in Oct. 2008 and was quite anxious about signing up for another Mud Run.
There are three Mud Runs on the schedule for 2010: June 5, 6 and 12.
There is also one slight problem. The San Diego Marathon is scheduled for June 6.
San Diego Marathon? Where the hell did that come from?
Oh, well, I just haven't blogged about it but I've been thinking about running another marathon in 2010, well, more exact, thinking if I should run another marathon in 2010. It's a long year and I might get bored. And the San Diego Marathon would be great because I'd have enough time after Surf City to relax, rest up and then train for San Diego.
But if I did that, I could probably say farewell to the Mud Run. I obviously couldn't do it on June 5 or 6, so that would be out. Could I run the marathon one weekend and then the Mud Run six days later? Maybe a more experienced runner would be able to challenge that task, and that might be something that I'd be up for in 2011 or beyond, but right now, several months before my first marathon, is not the time to think like that. So unfortunately that would be out too.
The Mud Run is an awesome event. I enjoy it quite a bit, have enjoyed it since I did my first one, and it's becoming a bit of a tradition for all of us involved. I'm not sure if I'm willing to give that up.
I suppose one thing that would help would be to find another marathon in May that I could run, or at least, that I could potentially run should I decide to go for another 26.2.
I'm still not convinced that I will want to run another marathon so soon but I do think that I will need something to train for. I've thought about running another half marathon sometime in the spring, and that one is pretty much a lock at this point. Might do the Run Through Redlands again. Not sure.
I guess I have a couple of months to figure out whether or not I want to run San Diego or if running the Mud Run is and should still be the focal point of the early part of my summer.
And then there's this: some of the Tortoises might want to get together for the Wasatch Back Ragnar Relay June 18-19 in Utah.
What??? Where did that one come from??
Aw, well, I guess I have a lot to consider for 2010.
Don't even mention South Africa.