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Headed Back to Philly

Last week I mentioned that I was considering a few different options for a fall marathon. Friday night I made my decision official by registering for the Philadelphia Marathon. It will be my second time in three years doing this race.

Why Philadelphia? I began my search by looking for a fall marathon within a reasonable distance from home. I was also looking for a course that would give me a good chance of improving on my time in last month’s Ottawa Marathon.

I came up with a short-list of four options. Philadelphia was at the top of my list from the start. Turns out it was at the top of my wife’s list as well so it was an easy choice to make in the end.

Why was it at the top of my list? The course is similar to the course here in Ottawa in that it is mainly flat and that you spend much of the race running along waterways – the Ottawa River and Rideau Canal here and the Delaware and Schuykill rivers in Philadelphia.

In addition, to the course itself my wife and I enjoyed our weekend there more than we expected because there was no shortage of things to see and do. On top of that, a cheesesteak was a pretty good recovery meal after the marathon.

Here is a picture of me enjoying one of the sites..

IMG-20111119-00271For now I will continue running without a set plan but later in the summer I will start to get ready for marathon number nine.