Tuesday, March 9, 2010

A Poll & Some Readworthy Blogs

I'm so indecisive. I can't make up my mind about which marathon I should run this fall. I've selected a few I'm thinking about. My reasons are probably pretty lame but here's what I've got so far:

Baltimore, MD - cool city might be fun for a little vacation
Grand Rapids, MI - not too far from home, heard good things & the FAQs made me laugh
Air Force, Dayton OH - Fly overs
Outer Banks, NC - Oh...so pretty **sigh**
Wineglass in NY - cool glass medal and champagne for the finishers
Niagara Falls - FREE BREAKFAST the day before!! (Why this is more thrilling to me than the actual falls itself I have no idea. I have issues.)

So that's the long and the short of it. Plus I'm not looking to travel to far from MI this time around. But help me out and wander on over to the right sidebar there and cast your vote please. And feel free to leave your comments here about any of the above listed marathons or any others that you think should be up for consideration. I'd like to figure it out pre-Martian 1/2 Marathon so I know what I'm training for after. (Disclaimer: while poll results will weigh heavily in my marathoning decision, it will not be the sole criteria for marathon selection. There are also babies, vacation dates, marathon support crew/babysitter availability, etc to be considered. Thank-you for your understanding.)

It's been awhile since I've made mention of some interesting blogs I've stumbled across. Last time I do believe it was to pass on an award I received. No awards for me as of late **sniffle, sniffle,** so I have none to pass on but I've got a few blogs for you that are just too good not to tell you about so I figure this way is as good as any to let you know of some readworthy blogs you might want to take a peek at. Who needs a stinkin' award anyway right?!

In no particular order except how they pop up in my head:

Mr. Bacon - frequently makes me laugh but it was The Evolution of Crazy post way back when that earned him a spot on the list.

SAHDDAZE (that would be Stay at home Dad days) not a runner, but a cyclist and friend from high school. Ironically, he too has an affinity for bacon or at least bacon salt.

Weight Loss Mamma - Staci is a frequent commenter here and we love her! She seems like just a genuine all around nice person who's doing what most all of us are trying to do, fit into those stinkin' skinny jeans, special event dress or **gasp** yep, that summer swim suit. She also just finished her first 10K this past weekend. So everyone, STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING. Go over there right now and congratulate her. She deserves it!

Balls in The Air - Cynthia, I met over at Tribal Running. She's a running mamma with a couple of little darlings, newer to blogging and fiercely competitive (so go help her scratch that itch and become a follower) My favorite thing about Cynthia is she's happy to chat with you about running, mostly we talk on Facebook these days, but I'm sure she'd welcome a comment conversation on her blog as well. She also just finished a 1/2 Marathon this past weekend. YAY CYNTHIA! But I haven't been able to read her race report yet, so no one spoil it for me.

Ok I really have a few more I want to share with you, but it looks like I have exactly 7 minutes to wake the baby, get her shoes and coat on, strap her into her car seat and pick up the little princess from pre-school. Probably should put my own shoes on too. So the rest are going to have to wait a little bit. More to come...

'Til next time...

P.S. If you are a reader of my blog and you haven't noticed me over at yours either following or commenting SAY SOMETHING! I swear it's not intentional. I am frequently distracted by my husband, children, or bright shiny objects. Just leave me a comment or email me at runfastmommy@gmail.com.


RunMom said...

And yep, I know I spelled Niagara ...N I A G R A in the poll, but somebody has voted already and now I'm stuck with it that. Who says it Ni a ga ra anyway? Maybe I just talk too fast.

Molly said...

I was thinking of the wineglass marathon too! I'm waiting to see if I get into NYC this year, but if I don't I'll probably do the Rochester full in September.

PiccolaPineCone said...

hi - just found your blog recently & love it! am curious to know what you decided re: joining the gym with affordable child care. I was drooling when I read that. The ONLY gym I ever found w childcare charged $4 an hour!
But to the question at hand, Niagara is supposed to be fast, lots of downhill so if you are looking for a PB could be good. Also how cool would it be to cross an international border in a marathon??? Other options - Montreal. It's not fast but it is interesting & a great cultural experience. Philadelphia is a reasonable size with varied terrain. Chicago is super fast but super crowded and sells out ridiculously early. Toronto also hosts a very fast marathon in October (Toronto International), HUGE net downhill, beautiful autumn colours (no that wasn't a typo in colour... I'm Canadian), not much crowd support but spectacular finish.

Megan said...

Come to Maine and do the Mount Desert Island Marathon! :) http://www.mdimarathon.org/

Or, I really like the look of Lake Placid NY marathon... great place to vaca with the kids! My husband's done the Ironman there.

Cynthia O'H said...

Thanks for the boost, Kelly.

I'm sure you got everything done in 7 minutes. It's good training for the Mommy Olympics!

I'm thinking about Niagara - even though I was jinxed by it this year. Don't you love the stress of decision making?

RunMom said...

Thanks for the suggestions! Keep the input coming. I'm looking them all up! And I just realized the Air Force Marathon is DAYTON not AKRON. AHHHHH!!! Sorry about that! Pretty sure I wrote that post sleep deprived as my 4 year old had taken to getting up repeatedly in the middle of the night (don't worry we started a sticker chart & the problem seems to be solved.)

PPCone, I can't figure out how to reply only to you but the update on Cheerios Butt is that I'm holding off a little bit. I got the info on the child care and it all looks good, but they want her to be at least 18months (she will be soon) and to be capable of playing on her own which she is but only as long as I'm in the room. So we're going to work on it a bit. But they limit the number of kids, have to no where you are in the building and bring you your child if there's a problem or a diaper needs changing...all things I like. So in a few months I'm going to give it a go a little bit at a time.

PiccolaPineCone said...

Interesting - that does sound like a really reasonable approach to child care at a gym. I remember reading about a church daycare in another blog, when the kids are dropped off the parent is given a number. Inside the church during service there is an electronic board and if your kid's number is displayed on the board - it means time to hightail it back to the daycare. Like baby bingo!
Anyway sounds like you'll get your swimming in soon! Fun!