While I do have a fairly extensive bucket list, I also have a list of races I never want to run. Some sound incredibly intimidating, while others make me feel not worthy. There are races that lack the amenities or razzle-dazzle that excite me. And there are also races that are just overwhelming in their scope or expectations.
So here we go: the races I never want to run.
The Boston Marathon
I know, I know. This is the unicorn. The dream. But I don’t think I ever want to be there. For one thing, short of being accepted to do some epic fundraising, I really don’t know that I belong. I’m never going to be fast enough to earn my spot at the start line, and with that in mind, I don’t know if I would want to be there. The pressure and anxiety would absolutely get the best of me, and I just don’t think its would be worth it. That being said, I was super excited to run the B.A.A. 10K, and earn some unicorn bling. Those memories will keep me for quite some time.
The Barkley Marathon
If you know, you know. Ultra races aren’t my thing, to begin with, but Race Director Lazarus Lake has created a bit of a demon with this 120(ISH) mile demon. I want to be the kind of person who wants to run something like The Barkley, but that’s just a monster. From the course you have to plot yourself to the flexible starting time to the absolutely treacherous conditions, there is just no way I could work myself into the mindset to take this on.
I think the name says it all: bad, water, and 135. Starting from Death Valley (at least it’s very clear how this race is going to go) and traversing 135 miles to Mt. Whitney, this ultra is the ultimate test of fitness and endurance. While the experience sounds amazing, if you like that sort of thing, I would be much more willing to crew and spectate than to throw myself into this kind of endurance event.
Ameris Bank Jacksonville Marathon
I hate to be negative about a local race, but the Jacksonville Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5K, are not on my list of must-dos. Is it a great, flat, and fast race? Yes, indeed it is. It’s the last Boston Qualifier of the season, and a lot of dreams come true on this course, but the trade off is that the race is pretty much an out and back on a fairly uninteresting main road. It does end with a loop on the track of a well-known private school, which is super cool, but 13.1 or 26.2 miles of San Jose Blvd? That’s a lot of time for me to get into my own head and create all kinds of issues. I’m probably going to continue to sit this one out.
Crystal Mine Marathon
Run in Sondershausen, Germany, the Kristallmarathon takes place in the tunnels of an old salt mine, 500 meters under the ground. No. Hard pass. It is dark, and enclosed, and apparently, the ground shifts beneath the runners. I’m having a panic attack just thinking about it. Would it be one of the coolest things ever? Absolutely! With a strictly limited field, and a time cutoff, this is a race on which I would very happily pass.
What are some of the races you would never want to run.