It's that time of the week, Friday Five linkup. I have to say I love the link up. Why? Just like a race motivates you to make the time to run, the link up motivates me to make the time to write. The Friday Five also helps by giving an ever changing topic. This week's topic I thought about two directions, do I go "if I could wish anywhere" or "places that realistically plan to run"? I went with yes, the buffet style answer. So this week's topic is
1. AthensThe first place on the list was easy. I had to go with my answer to a #bibchat on "What is one RACE/RUNcation you’ve always wanted to take?" My dream answer would be to run the "original classic course" of the Athens Marathon. All the history, the architecture and the FOOD. You can also sign up to do it as a tour with Jeff Galloway as coach, which would also rock my socks. So many wins in my book.
2. PittsburghWhile number 2 may be less exotic than traveling to Europe, it is high on my todo list of races. The steel city is one challenge I'd love to, and plan to, take on. I love the thought of running the bridges (and even those hills). I know it isn't an easy course, but I'm a PA boy, despite what my zip code may say. That gives the Pittsburgh Marathon or Half Marathon a special place for me. Wait, what's that I see? A Pittsburgh 10 Miler? I haven't noticed that before...
3. AnaheimGiven the name of my blog, this one should give you no surprise. If it does, think about what is in Anaheim. Wait for it... There you go. I've run in Florida (see half marathon recap). While I plan to run many more there, I also plan to eventually get my Coast-to-Coast medal (or both), perhaps for running something like this? While the growing popularity has some negatives, it still has many positives as far as I'm concerned, not to mention I want to Pokemon all the medals.
I have to include somewhere tropical here. I've always wanted to visit Hawaii, and the thought of running those views and beaches seems like a perfect idea. I'm not even set on where in Hawaii it would need to be. Honolulu? Maui? Hilo? Kona? Kauai? North Shore? All of the above? I'm not picky.
5. Carnation, Washington
Why Carnation you may ask. Seems like an odd choice compared to big names like Athens or tropical getaways like Hawaii. The answer is simple my friends. The one thing those other locations and races are lacking: the Blerch. Carnation, Washington will be the location for the inaugural Beat the Blerch 10K, half and full marathon. I just feel like that would be an awesome race to be a part of.
I had some problems picking these, specifically who to give the final spot to. It's like fielding the field of 64, who do you cut? Here are my bubble locales and races, still considered worth mentioning even though they didn't make the big dance (in case you weren't inspired enough to travel): NYC, Great Wall of China, Easter Island, Ragnar and the Australian Outback.
Check here for some links out to others sharing, staring with our three lovely hosts: Courtney, Cynthia and Mar. Check their posts (Eat Pray Run DC, You Signed Up for What?! and Mar on the Run to see the full set of links). I will add some others, usually randomly, as I read them to share the love. Go visit and keep reading!
|Eat Pray Run DC||You Signed Up for What?!|
|Mar on the Run||We Run Disney|
|The Blonder Side of Life||Running and Enjoying the Journey|