I’ve been in a dreaming mood lately. And not in an escapist kind of way. More of a “excited for the possibilities that life holds” kind of way. Some people call it a bucket list. To some it’s a to-do list. For me, I call them dream or life lists of the things I dream about doing. I hold them loosely, but work on keep pushing myself, saying yes, looking for opportunities to grow. Maybe it has to do with September and fall- for me the new school year was like a reset, a chance to start afresh. Or it could have to do with the start of fall race season- and I haven’t signed up for anything yet in the spring (shock!). Anyways… here are the big five races I have on my dream list.
- Paris Marathon with Lauren. The Paris Marathon is one of the big world races- in 2016 almost 42,000 people finished the marathon. I don’t have a strong desire to run the world majors, like many do, but to run this race with one of my earliest running friends in an awesome city… I’ll put up with the crowds. We are kind of thinking about it for spring 2018. Paris and Lauren may the only things that will get to put up with huge running crowds after 3 Marine Corps Marathons of jostling.
- Big Sur or Napa. I’ve been to northern California a few times and would love to run a race there. Big Sur has the scenery going for it. And Napa has wine. I would take either place or half or full marathon!
- Lake Baikal. I would run the half or full marathon. My friends and family know that I run year-round, down to about 0 degrees Fahrenheit (not including wind-chill). I actually like winter running. I have a friend who ran the Baikal half marathon– you literally run on the snow-packed frozen lake, which is in Russia and is the deepest fresh water lake in the world. I can just feel that it would be an experience.
- Reykjavik Marathon. I love Iceland. I’ve been before (you can read about it here), and would love to go back. When I was there before, I wasn’t a runner. So running a race in Iceland would be new, and a fantastic way to see new places. The Reykjavik Marathon (and half) are small- neither race has more than 3,000 people. It’s a late summer race – which will mean it’s warm and light for Iceland- and perfect racing temperature (like 60s F). And the recovery should be great with the geothermal spas!
- Covered Bridges Half Marathon. I’ve heard of the covered bridges in Vermont, so why not run the race named after them? I also have never been to Vermont, so I can check that off at the same time!
Bonus: A relay (like Ragnar, Banff-Jasper relay). I’ve had friends who have run Ragnar or other relays. And it seems like fun! It also seems like a lot of work to coordinate and find team members. So I would love to do one, but this one depends on more than myself.
What’s on your racing dream/bucket list? Has anyone does these (and how were they)?