I guess I have a little time to actually commit, but I don't want to miss my chance.
Here's the deal. My birthday (39th birthday to be exact) is October 10. Yes, the magical 10-10-10! I really want to run a marathon that day, more specifically, the Chicago Marathon that day. It was the first marathon I ran, and it would be my fifth marathon.
On the other hand, I really want to try to qualify for Boston this year (a goal I gave myself a couple of years ago was to qualify for Boston by the time I'm 40 and that time frame is getting shorter by the day). Is it reasonable to think that I can take 13 minutes off my current marathon time this year? Can I do it at a congested marathon like Chicago? Or, should I stick to my tried and true, awesome marathon experience in Grand Rapids where the field is much smaller and much less congested.
The other thing factoring in is the cost. $135 for Chicago plus all the extras traveling to/from Chicago, staying the night, etc. vs. $75 (I think) for Grand Rapids and staying with my parents.
Hmmmm...decisions. Any opinions?