I’ve noticed that it is difficult to begin seriously training until registration, acomodations, and a training schedule have been decided upon. I’ve finally reached that point; I’ll be participating in the Santa Barbara International Marathon on Dec. 6, 2009. The first endurance event I ever ran in was the Seattle Rock and Roll Half Marathon, over 21,000 people competed in the event. Although I had a blast, I was looking for something a bit smaller. The Santa Barbara Marathon is much smaller and has spectacular views of the mountains and ocean. I currently reside in Seattle WA, one of the prettiest cities in the U.S. so scenery is important to me. I will be relocating to the East Coast in the beginning of September so this little trip will allow for some sun and a welcome visit back to the West Coast.