I have the chance to go to either the San Antonio Marathon or the Tuscson Marathon (or Vegas, Helen) at very little cost to me--flight, hotel, registration fees would be covered. I've earned all of those incentives through the fundraising I've done with the NF Endurance Team! This is very intriguing to me...I could still break 3 hours this year!
Don't worry. I'm not going :)
In a couple weeks I'll be running the North Face 50K, and I'm preparing for that event with pretty much zero expectations outside of beating my time from Chippewa of 4:40. That event will be a victory lap on a crazy year of running (see sidebar) that started in January with an indoor marathon and isn't quite over yet (I still have my annual "Birthday Run" in late December, and by the finish line at North Face I'll be looking forward to continuing to run at leisure, in the woods, away from roads and curbs and sidewalks, rather than thinking about the next tempo run I need to get in on the roads to prepare to run hard on concrete for 3 hours at an upcoming marathon.
I'm very proud of myself for making the decision to pass on another marathon this year...perhaps in my old age I'm learning a bit of restraint?