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Thursday, May 11, 2006

Decisions, decisions

So, I'm currently trying to decide what to do with myself in October, and my choices are either the DeTonty Iron Fist 50k, or the Chicago Marathon

Advantages to Chicago:
  • It's more of an incremental distance increase over what I'm doing now
  • There's a training program through the running club down here which is specifically geared towards preparing for a marathon such as Chicago
  • It's relatively flat. Flat=fast
  • It's the Chicago freakin' marathon
  • I'd get to carb load with Josh

Advantages to DeTonty:
  • It's only 10k more than a marathon
  • Cooler logo, would make a sweet tattoo
  • It's a 50k! I'd officially be an ultrarunner!
  • It's relatively hilly. Hilly=fun
  • Swank technical shirt in the race packet

If I do decide to run the Chicago Marathon, I could do the 10mile Fun Run @ DeTonty the following weekend, and would then still get the swank technical shirt

Vote for your choice in the comments. Since this does pertain to Chicago, feel free to vote early and often. I'd like to decide by Tuesday of next week (the 16th).


Full Metal Lunchbox said...

You already know how I feel about this one, so let me put my cards on the table.

If you run in Chicago, I will:

** run 10 miles with you at DeTonty the following weekend, no matter how I feel

** provide you with luxury accomodations, along with the best carbo loading available in this town (not to mention fancy meal afterwards)

** share the benefits of the awesome support team I am assembling, along with my 40oz and cigars at the finish line

** be your best friend forever!

The Chicago Marathon is a top 10 running event, and you would get to share the road with some of the most accomplished runners on Earth.  The entire 26.2 mile route is lined with tens of thousands of cheering spectators and specialized cheering squads.  And your performance in this race will earn you bragging rights, not to mention preferred starting slots at ALL of your events next season (if you run your usual pace).

And the goody bag from this race is nothing to sneaze at either.

7:54 PM  
Everyone on the Internet said...

Follow your heart: run in Chicago.

7:12 AM  
karnerblue said...

I'm a single-issue voter, and I vote Chicago!

(Josh, you still taking volunteers for your curb crew?)

7:47 AM  
LeahC said...

Chicago...totally! It's such an awesome race with people lining the street the whole way. Last year was my first marathon and it was Chicago and oh man...running up Roosevelt with .2 to go, there's no feeling like it! Good Luck either way you go.

8:03 AM  
Jason said...

I always vote a straight ticket: Chicago all the way.

8:42 AM  
Full Metal Lunchbox said...

You should listen to Leah & Jason.

They are the coolest runner/scientists I haven't met yet.

9:09 AM  
karnerblue said...

Oh, you should also know that registration for the Chicago marathon is 200% ahead of where it was at this time last year, and registration is likely to close early. Probably won't close before you register, but still, you ought to know.

I'm voting Chicago again. (You said I could vote often.)

4:58 PM  
random9q said...

If it were exclusively an either-or situation, I'd say go with the relatively unknown name.


You dangerously implied that if you ran the Chicago marathon you could still run the other race.

(At least the important part is the shirt, right? Uh, ... OK, let's just assume it's right for now.)


C'mon, make my bank earn the money they make offa me, OK?

5:02 PM  
afeman said...

Chicago, duh.

That's what I'd do, if I ran.

8:10 AM  
Shea's Heart said...


1:19 PM  
Full Metal Lunchbox said...

The people have spoken!

11:03 PM  

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