|My hero! “A” dumping water on me during my first HOT leg of the
Hood to Coast Relay in August.
On Sunday, Hood To Coast Relay vanmate A from Diary of an Average Runner will be running the California International Marathon (CIM). The start for the race is 5 miles from where I grew up, and where my dad still lives.
I am beyond jealous.
Funny thing is, I don’t ever remember even hearing about this race when I was growing up. Sure, it didn’t start till 1983, but I didn’t leave for college until ’95. How strange that I didn’t even realize there were thousands of people running, basically, just down the street. And I was a runner! What the heck?
I want to run this marathon. I’d love to do it next year, but if you remember, I promised to take it easy for a bit. In 2013, T Junior will go to Kindergarten. I will start training then. Of course, I have to qualify first. So I won’t be able to race CIM till 2014. Here’s the plan:
- August 2013: T Junior to Kindergarten
- September 2013: I turn 36; start training for a spring marathon (I will need to run a sub-3:50 to qualify for CIM — that’s taking about an hour off my current time, but I think it’s doable) *Update: I am a moron – I misread the site; you only have to qualify if you enter late! So it’s possible I can alter this and actually run it in 2013!!!!!
- Spring 2014: Run sub-3:50 at some marathon around Seattle
- Winter 2014: Run CIM!
It’s a completely perfect plan! Considering it takes months and months to train for a marathon, that’s not actually that far away. Right?
Good luck tomorrow, A! I know you are nervous, but I have tons of confidence in you! Wish I was “home” to spectate, but I’ll be cheering for you via the Internet!
PS: I think there was some confusion on my treadmill-while-blogging post yesterday. I was (and am right now) walking while typing. There is no way I could run and blog, but that’s awesome that you guys think I’m that coordinated. Thanks!
Aww, thanks Kerrie!! This IS a perfect plan! 🙂 I should plan to run it in 2014 too… would love to have a little meet up with you!
Maybe I'll join you in on that plan…Some of my inlaws are running it tomorrow. My running buddy and I have plans for a 2013 marathon.
Are you sure you need to qualify for CIM? I ran in 2009, and there were no requirements. It's well known as a Boston Qualifier race. They've certainly changed it if that is the case now!
I didn't know CIM was a qualifying race! That makes A even MORE awesome to me!!! I wish I lived on the west coast so I could do more of these races,t hey sound so fun!!
I, too, did not know that CIM required qualification. I want to run it when I'm 50… that'll be 2013. Hard to believe it's that close 😛
Cool! I'll do a training run with you when it's time. I have heard great things about this race and when I looked at the site, it looks like you need to qualify only if you register later in the year. I may have read it wrong, and I have faith you can rock a marathon in 3:50, but you might not have to before you sign up.
Sounds like the perfect plan to me! 🙂
WOW! Really, one must qualify for CIM if they want to enter later than acceptable? Crazy! Are they trying to make it a mini Boston?Very cool!!!! Good luck! I am certain you can get in and do this race!!!
I <3 CIM. I ran it in 2010 and trained for it to run it this year but I ended up injured and sat it out. My husband ran it and I was out on the course cheering him, and everyone else, on :)Its a GREAT race 🙂