Even though I set a firm deadline for myself - March 31 was deadline day - I've gone past it and still nothing has happened.
I'm still debating whether or not I should run the OC Marathon.
I want to. I feel like I am ready for another 26.2 miles. I am absolutely ready to add another medal to my collection. But there's a little... doubt. A little fear still lingers. I'm doubting whether it's good to go right into another marathon, fearful of perhaps burning out. Now, there are no signs of the latter but I don't want to start feeling overwhelmed by running, nor do I want it to feel like it's a chore or an obligation. So far though it's not close to feeling like either.
Now, training-wise I'm plowing right along as if I am running the marathon. After two weeks of less-than stellar runs I snapped out of it. Actually, two Sundays after the race I ran 13.5 miles. Then, last week I ran 45 miles for the week, capped off with a 16-mile run. I've run 10 miles the first two days of this week and am planning a 10-mile run for Wednesday.
But now, like it or now, I do have to decide. My gun-to-the-head moment is coming up. If I do want to go through with it, I'll have to run a 20-miler soon, as in early next week. I can't run long on Sunday so it would have to be Monday or Tuesday. If I do want marathon glory then that 20-mile run is a necessity. And if I don't run the 20-miler then I guess I have my answer.
I'm planning right now of doing 20 on Monday or Tuesday. I hope that between now and then I shake off all doubts and register because I would love to get my sixth marathon medal on May 6.