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Ready for round three? [Jan. 2nd, 2006|06:14 pm]
Lindsey Kuper
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Another year, another marathon. I've been looking around for spring marathons in this part of the country, and I'm strongly considering doing the San Juan Island Marathon in June.

Just getting there would be an adventure. It's on an island in Puget Sound half an hour north of Seattle by (small, rickety) plane; longer (but possibly cheaper) by Washington State Ferry. The course covers a large part of the island and goes right along the coast and through a state park at one point. More impressive than running through a closed theme park on the Chicago lakefront, I can tell you.

I like the idea of the race being on a remote island. A marathon is a social event for some folks, but for me it's more of a personal event. And since I'm going to have to travel to get to the race anyway (I don't think Portland has any spring marathons), why not go somewhere beautiful that I wouldn't ordinarily go?

Well, training would start in about a month, so I have that long to decide...

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[User Picture]From: eliciel
2006-01-03 03:38 am (UTC)
You go, girl!
You love running, so I hope you get to do this one.
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-01-03 06:36 am (UTC)
Have you considered Hood to Coast? I guess it is forced to be social, of course...
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[User Picture]From: royhuggins
2006-01-03 06:36 am (UTC)
Sorry, that was me.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-01-03 04:28 pm (UTC)
Wow, Hood to Coast looks cool. But, well, it's not a marathon. I wouldn't really know how to go about training for a race like that! And, finally, it's at the end of summer, and I'm looking for something in the spring. I might consider it, though, if I'm not burned out on running by June...

I don't really mind the social aspect of racing. If I hated it that much, I'd just go run 26.2 miles by myself at the end of training. I just like that this sport gives you lots of time to be alone with your thoughts.
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[User Picture]From: mediaboy
2006-01-03 08:39 am (UTC)
The San Juans are FABULOUS.

I'm partial to Orcas Island myself, but I suppose they probably don't have a marathon there.

The whole Washington State Ferry thing is really easy. It's about 4 hours up to Anacortes, then you just drive your car onto the boat! It's even easier if you're leaving your car on the mainland, since you don't have to worry about getting to Anacortes early.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-01-03 04:28 pm (UTC)
Sounds cool, except that I don't have a car.
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[User Picture]From: leadsynth
2006-01-03 04:22 pm (UTC)
I worked on a piece of narration for a documentary about San Juan Island, and it sounded like a kickass place to run, or do anything else, for that matter. Go for it!
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[User Picture]From: leadsynth
2006-01-03 10:40 pm (UTC)
As long as it's not a CLOSED theme park, then it wouldn't be (as) creepy. Lindsey, you should do this at some point! It would be a great excuse to visit the fam in Titusville. I'd come to cheer you on and feed my morbid fascination with Disney.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-01-10 08:47 pm (UTC)
I'll think about it, but I really don't know if a Disney World Marathon is so much my thing.
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[User Picture]From: leadsynth
2006-01-15 09:56 pm (UTC)
I'm sure the signage is good. :p
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From: hiamanda
2006-01-04 12:03 am (UTC)
The San Juan islands are gorgeous. I say, do it!
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