In the infamous words of Britney Spears, "Oops!... I did it again" and signed up once more for the Vancouver Marathon in British Columbia, Canada on May 4, 2014. It may seems ages away, but I've learned from experience that these races come around quicker than you think.
Another major reason is that I also need something to aim for and motivate me after several months of physical therapy for my knee and shoulder. I've not actually competed, or even run that much, since the Vancouver Marathon 2013.
Apparently it doesn't grow back and there's only so much I can do to strengthen the leg muscles, so potentially it may be something I just have to grin and bare, and just keep strapping up and treating in the future.
Given the choice of running and not running I'd rather continue, as I find these marathons so motivating and personally satisfying. There really isn't anything like that sense of accomplishment of crossing the Finish Line. Will it get worse and cause damage quicker? Probably, but I'd rather live for the moment today and not live my life full of regrets, wishing I'd run one more marathon.
San Francisco Marathon and the Honolulu Marathon off my bucket list.
Vancouver isn't without hills and inclines, but by comparison they are manageable, and I always find running a marathon for the second or third time easier as you're familiar with the course and can plan and pace yourself accordingly.
The L.A. Marathon is also another fantastically flatter course from stadium to sea and so that's actually next on my list on March 9, 2014.
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Hopefully my body will be kind to me once I start putting in the distance again and by May next year I'll be fit enough to break my inaugural Vancouver Marathon time of 3:50:26.
Now more importantly, I wonder what the t-shirt and medal will look like next year...