I wanted to show a picture of "my" classroom. I started co-teaching a class at the University I attended and love. That blackboard (circa 1950) just makes me Happy :)
Now, to the confusion. The airfares to Alaska seem to have increased by a couple hundred dollars in the last couple of weeks. Or maybe I was delusional about how much they were before? Anyway, they are not cheap. I can stay with my nephew, but I have privacy issues - and I don't want to have to be worried about hurrying out of a bathroom at 4 a.m. on the day of a race. I also want to be able to eat whatever the hell I want. I have lived alone for a LONG time and I am quite used to it.
I have a bad habit of spending money like I am a gazillionaire. I am rapidly becoming a non-gazillionaire. I am rapidly becoming a non-thousandaire... or even a non-hundredaire! I am conflicted about going to Alaska to run a marathon and spend at a minimum of $1,200. Minimum, probably not even realistic. That would be my summer vacation. And I would be mooching off my beloved nephew. I have wanted to go to Alaska all my life, but maybe I could go some other time and NOT run a marathon? Just thinking....
So I checked out airfare and hotel packages for San Diego. I could get airfare and a modest hotel room (for hundredaires) for 4 nights for under $800. And I could be alone in a hotel and not have to worry about bathroom issues, or staying up half the night, or waking up at 3 a.m., which I have a habit of doing, etc.
I feel like such a loser for changing my mind on a weekly basis, and still not really having my mind made up. Here is another issue: I am not for sure I can run a whole marathon. The San Diego is strictly a 26.2 - no halfsies.
You know, one of the things I teach at school is flowcharting and other methods of analysis. Perhaps I need to sit down and figure this damn thing out!
Training has been good this week. Although I did try to run on the treadmill at the gym on Monday afternoon - I cannot run in the afternoon. I only lasted for 2 miles and I felt like crap. Yesterday I managed 3 miles on the treadmill. I will try 6 miles tomorrow.
Wes mentioned that I might consider running a local marathon. I am not considering that because I live a 'mile high'. When I talked to Jeff Galloway about the possibility of running a marathon back in November, he urged me to try it - but definitely not at altitude. So that is why I am looking for a marathon at sea level.
Thanks you guys.