I had contemplated writing a post about seven races on my Wish List, but I decided against it. There really is only one race that I want to talk about today, the Mount Desert Island Marathon.
I have mentioned that I will not feel like I have made it as a runner until I run this race and I wholeheartedly believe that statement.
If you didn't know, I am from the Mount Desert Island (MDI), Maine area and I LOVE it! Of course, it has taken me leaving and living in another state to truly appreciate it. Western New York has its own beauty, but it can't even begin to compete with the beauty of MDI.
As a runner I'm not out to prove myself to anyone, except maybe myself. I remember watching parts of the MDI Marathon one year, someone that I worked with was running it, thinking that I would never be able to, nor want to, do it!
Back when I was a high school student, running a marathon was far from anything that I wanted to accomplish. How things have changed!
While MDI isn't going to be our first marathon (hello Wineglass 2012!), I know that someday before I am thirty I will run in it. Hmm, I guess that means I will be running in either the 12th or 13th MDI Marathon!
It isn't the easiest marathon in the world, it's pretty hilly and there isn't always the best spectator support, but I am definitely not the kind of person who wants easy! Plus, watching this video the other day on Facebook made me so excited to run in a marathon and this one specifically!
Take a look for yourself and try to tell me that MDI isn't gorgeous, I bet it will be hard to do!
The views and the familiarity are a couple of the reasons that I want to run in this marathon. The other reason is that I want to do something I love in an area that I love!
But to the question, why MDI? I would have to say, why not?
Is there a race that you just HAVE to run, no matter what? Which one is it?