My Choice to Run the Dallas Marathon

14 Nov

As soon as I found out the NYC Marathon would not go on as planned, I began researching new races to run. I was not about to let 14 weeks of training go down the drain. I HAD to run a marathon and PR. Not doing so was NOT an option.

There were many considerations to make for my backup race, but it didn’t take long until I made my final decision.

Factors considered when choosing the backup marathon:

1. Easily accessible
-I am officially out of PTO at work until February (I like to travel a lot), so I could not run a race that would require time off.
-I could easily send myself into debt by paying for all these race entries and travel costs.
-My entourage of spectators would be there.

2. A semi-large race
-I need spectator support to get me to the finish and through those hard miles.
-I like running next to other people. Sure it can be annoying dodging them, but I like the company.

3. A PR worthy course

4. The date had to work with my schedule
-I didn’t feel comfortable running a marathon the following weekend due to travel costs and prep time.
-The weekend of November 17th was out due to my Girls on the Run 5k (I would NEVER miss that!)

The Decision

After reviewing my requirements, it became quite clear what my race should be: I would run the Dallas Marathon.

If you have been an avid reader of my blog (THANK YOU!) or spent time getting caught up, you know that I ran Dallas last year. Dallas was my first marathon, and the best day of my life. I pretty much have nothing but amazing memories from that race, and I got excited when thinking about reliving that experience.

I almost feel like I was having a little ESP during training, because I kept saying, “If NYC doesn’t go as I planned, I will just run Dallas again. I know it is a great race, and I know it could give me a PR”. I swear I said this – if you don’t believe me, ask my boyfriend. He will tell you!

A HUGE bonus of running the Dallas marathon is that my parents and boyfriend get to join in on the fun. My Dad has not been able to see me run a marathon yet, so it’s a really big deal to me that he gets to watch this one. He is my coach after all!


I am now fully submerged and committed to training for Dallas. I will use these extra 5 weeks as additional training time to help me meet my goal. I used to think that people who trained for 18+ week for a marathon were crazy…well now I am one of them!

Thank you as always for your continued support! Updates to my training schedule are on their way!



I will say that I better not be in a damn poncho this year or have to run the race in a plastic bag.

5 Responses to “My Choice to Run the Dallas Marathon”

  1. krissy murphy (@krissymmurphy) November 14, 2012 at 4:26 pm #

    Excited for your next marathon!! 😀 I know you will rock it, Ali!!!!!

  2. Nicole November 14, 2012 at 4:39 pm #

    Dallas was not my first choice for your next marathon (Santa Barbara International was) but I can see why you picked Dallas. You are going to rock this race!! And having your coach there will make it extra special. He’s a great guy and I know you love his support! Glad everything is working out for you, even if you have to wait a little while longer than planned for INGNYC.

  3. Caroline November 14, 2012 at 6:33 pm #

    yay- I’m glad you found another marathon to run! How exciting!!

  4. Nina November 15, 2012 at 4:22 pm #

    I’m glad you found another marathon to run, you could say I suffered with you when you couldn’t run your dream race!

  5. lauradempsey75 November 16, 2012 at 10:36 am #

    Good for you Ali! I was in the same position and ended up running the Manchester, NH marathon on 11/4. It was significantly hillier than NYC but I’m was happy to get a race in. Good luck with your ‘bonus’ training weeks!

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