Originally I had grand plans to run the Akron marathon in September before all my fun and the holidays. Then when training should have started I was sick and not feeling like putting in the work that training requires. So I'm bumping that back to the half. This way I can run part of the course and see if I want to make the full commitment next year. There are a couple other half marathons and other races I also have my eye on as well.
Fall race options:
1) Run Columbus Ohio marathon 10/17. Pros: Friends are running, it is a fast course that is well supported, should be cool weather, less than 2 hours from family in Ohio so they may come support as well. Cons: Long drive for a short weekend, would have to start training asap.
2) Haunted Hustle Marathon in Middleton, WI on 10/30. Pros: Plenty of time to train, only 3 1/2 hour drive to Madison/Middleton, weather should be good (but it is Wisconsin, it could snow at the end of October), sounds like a fun and different race, would add a new racing state to my list. Cons: I leave for my big trip 2 days after the race. Do I really want to travel for 10 hours super sore? Day 2 post marathon is usually the worst for me...
3) Forget the full marathon this fall and run the 1/2 marathon and other fun races the remainder of the year.
Another thing I should mention is I am kicking around the idea of the Goofy Challenge in January as well. So I don't want to run a full in December and thus burn myself out on running and training. Goofy will be for fun, no time constraints, and to raise money for cancer research!
So let me know what you think in the comments. Also is anyone else running the Disney full/half marathon in January?