Wow, this running weather is motivating! This morning was cool and crisp and made for a great 8 mile run. It motivated me to pull out my training log and start plotting my course (goal). It’s time to get back to work. I need to get my base mileage up again before the heat sets in…starting in mid-summer can be brutal. I signed up for the Runner’s World Challenge at the Philadelphia Marathon 2011. It will be my second official (jumped in with a friend once) time running this race. Philly was my first marathon ever so I was excited to learn that Runner’s World had chosen it for the fall. I missed the San Francisco RW Challenge last summer due to my husband donating his kidney that same weekend (the nerve:). I later met some of the runners on a Philly reunion run and then decided that I wanted to be a part of it for another race. Although it lacks the intrigue of a new destination, it provides close proximity and the added bonus of sleeping in my own bed. This has become for me, no small amenity. I have struggled at mastering the travel/sleep/race art. I look forward to meeting new runners (from both this area and otherwise) and gaining added insights/support on training/racing offered by Runner’s World. I am also hoping familiarity of the course and weather will serve me here. I promise to report on the whole Runner’s World Challenge experience for those entertaining the added expense for your next marathon.