I seem to have a bit of wanderlust at the moment. I keep seeing photos from exotic locations on Facebook where my friends have been on holiday, or I gorge myself on one too many travel blogs and start to get itchy feet.
So now I’m starting to toy with the idea of going to run a marathon abroad. It would satisfy my wanderlust and I think it would be fun to run an event abroad. Plus having spent the money to go and travel would surely motivate me to work extra hard, right? I’ve got a list of events that I would like to do, including the New York Marathon, the Berlin Marathon and the Amsterdam Marathon.
Berlin and New York both operate on ballot systems, so if I didn’t make it through, it could be really expensive with a tour operator. I’m a believer on booking things individually to get the trip that you really want, as opposed to what an operator thinks I want. I also know that everyone wants to do these two events, but having visited both cities a couple of times, they are both places I really love and would like to take part in the big city run experience.
Amsterdam is on my list because it’s a country I’d really like to go to and never have. Plus it’s affordable which is a plus point.
Another event that really appeals to me is the Reykjavik Marathon. Iceland is somewhere I’ve never been and it looks beautiful. I’d love to see the glaciers and waterfalls in person, although ice-climbing is firmly off the to-do list!
Or maybe the Niagara Falls Marathon? I’ve never seen them – how awesome would it be to finish by them? And you start in the US and finishing in Canada, so you get to run quite literally cross-country, which appeals to the geek in me. I’ve never been to Canada and would like to. Plus flying all that way is the perfect excuse to combine it with a short trip to NYC and stock up on all the peanut butter chocolate in the world, right? RIGHT? It’s great for fuelling and recovery, at least that’s what I tell myself. It’s also sponsored by a craft brewery, could any marathon be any more perfect sounding?!
I’m not sure why my feet are quite this itchy at the moment but I want to travel. Time to do some thinking and researching.
Have you ever run an event abroad? How was it to organise? Did you use a tour operator? Which event did you do? Tell me all!