One of the precursors to Spring is the excited anticipation of runners who begin making ambitious plans for the warm weather, before it has even returned. I am one of the guilty many. Though it certainly seems that I have more runners around me than I did last year. More of my friends are interested in running, more are taking the step from "not running", to "jogging", to "running", than before. I have also become aware of my decline in fitness since leaving Chicago.
The Davids (Salmon & Zimmel) told me about the Grand Island Trail Marathon awhile back, and I've since scrounged up a solid commitment from a few other guys to register to run it! There is also growing interest from a few more folks to join us in driving up there and do the 10 kilometer run that accompanies it. I think so far we've got 7 or 8 people signed up total. To quote the website, "The marathon filled by early May last year and the 10Km filled by late June," so if you are interested, you will need to commit soon!
As part of our marathon training, we plan on running in the Sunburst races a couple months prior... some in the half marathon, some in the 5k or 10k. This race is always open through race day, though you will pay quite a bit more if you do not register early.
My good friend Chris has provided some great help to us. I have not gotten to see him much at all since I moved out of Chicago a couple years ago (that long!!), but we stay in varying degrees of contact online, which is really a blessing. He helped me run the Chicago marathon twice, and this time he created a training schedule for our trail run! Check it out for a great example of what kind of running to do for a competitive marathon. But our primary goals are to survive this scenic trail course with as few open wounds and pulled muscles as possible, perhaps even without walking. :)
Anyone care to join, for any of this?