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I am considering my first marathon... (Read 14 times)

Jack K.


I love sponge cake.

    and need to make a choice. A few details... I thinking of running in my first marathon in October and have two from which to choose. One is a three hour drive from home so it would require at least one night in a hotel. It is very small, less than 200 runners last year, but it is fully sanctioned and is a Boston Qualifier (not that I would qualify). It is in a small town called Paso Robles, CA and has a rolling course that goes through the wine country. It has all the swag, is staffed by local volunteer, has all the water and aid stations that a big race would have, and all the online reviews have been great. It has a very "small town feel" to it but has very few people along the course.

     

    The other is a big race in Long Beach, CA. From what I can tell, this is a very large race with thousands of runners. It has all the corporate sponsors, race expo, etc... everything you would expect from a big race. Also, since it on/near the coast, it is a very flat course.

     

    Whichever race I choose, I want to sign up soon as that it my motivation to train. I want to train and race it, and not go out for a little stroll. I like to race and know that I tried my best.

     

    Based on your race experiences, marathons or not, which do you prefer? Big races or small races? Destination or closer to home? Any shared info would be appreciated, as it will help me make up my mind. At this point it is a toss of a coin. Thanks in advance.

    2014 races

    Santa Anita Derby Day 5k - 5 Apr  

    Mountains to Beach Marathon - 25 May


    Brains aint me forte

      I'll echo what Damaris said in the B&B forum where you posted this too.  If it was me, I'd go local and flat over hilly and traveling.  I've only done one destination race (my first marathon) and it wasn't terrible but traveling did add some stress to an already stressful situation.

       "Address the process rather than the outcome.
      Then, the outcome becomes more likely." - Robert Fripp

      Julia1971


        I would pick the Long Beach race. I tend to prefer big races. I find the competition motivating. In smaller races, I find myself running alone a lot and I find mentally the race turns into a hard workout when that happens. And, I like the big expos and all the fanfare surrounding the race... I've only done one destination race really - Boston - and agree that it does add a level of stress. Or, just more stuff you have to do, at least. Boston didn't phase me logistically but NYCM was a headache. I've been to Boston more than New York so that could be why... I don't put a lot of stock in online reviews only because I think unhappy people are more likely to post. I try to find someone who has run it and who's opinion I trust and go off of that.

         

        Good luck deciding!

        You're too strong not to keep on keepin' on. - The Pips
        Yes, I am! - Gladys Knight

        Jack K.


        I love sponge cake.

          Thanks, you guys. I appreciate it.

          2014 races

          Santa Anita Derby Day 5k - 5 Apr  

          Mountains to Beach Marathon - 25 May

          So_Im_a_Runner


          Go figure

            I'm a big race fan as well, especially if it's a goal race that I'm really gearing my training toward. The only real downside to traveling for a race is the cost, at least to me. I also think that a big marathon will give you more folks to run with and help you through the later miles, which you may really appreciate at your first. Good luck and enjoy the training.

            PRs:  Marathon (2:49xx; '13)  Half (1:25xx; '12) 10k (40:26; '11) 5mi (29:23; '13) 5k (17:33; '13)