I can't seem to pick a fall marathon. I really don't want to wait too long after the Circle the Bay 30K to run a full marathon. Ideally, I'd like to run Circle the Bay and then begin my taper 1-3 weeks afterwards.
DH isn't fond of driving a long distance or flying anywhere so that I can run. However, he did say that if we could get a sitter to stay home with the kiddos, he would do it. My mom would surely be interested. So... with that hope, I just need to pick a race.
There are are several full marathons in the Pacific Northwest in Aug and Sept. Both of the two in Aug are the week following the Circle the Bay so I've thrown them out as being too soon. That leaves 6 in Sept.
Pocatello Marathon in Idaho on Sept 1st (out - BarCon Weekend)
Skagit Flats Marathon north of Bellvue, WA on Sept 9th
Montana Marathon in Billings on Sept 16th
Two Bear Marathon in Whitefish, Montana on Sept 16th (not likely a PR course)
Maui ~ spendy to travel to especially just 2 weeks before our family vacation to Disneyland (I'd rather save this one for a true Hawaiian vacation for the family, perhaps '08 or '09)
Timberline Trail at Mt.Hood ~ not a PR course (I'd rather save it for a fun one in the future)
So, Skagit or Montana ?? Others ??
If I don't qualify during the fall marathon, my plan would then be to look to a winter (Sacramento, Phoenix, or ?) or spring marathon (Eugene or ?). Training in the winter here can be treacherous, as we've learned. :) Therefore, I'm more apt to want to train for Eugene again and thereby build up my mileage when the weather starts improving rather than train for Sacramento or Phoenix and build up mileage as the weather starts getting worse.
What are your thoughts?