Wednesday, April 11, 2012

My OC Debate

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.


Kerrie T. said...

You COULD see how the 20-miler goes, THEN decide. I mean, I know then you've run 20 miles for nothing if you decide not to run the marathon, but hey, think of all those calories burnt!

Coy Martinez said...

You'll know Mon or Tues. A runners gut feeling always prevails! I think you should go for it! You'll be happy you did!

Carrie said...

I agree with waiting until after the 20 miler, if it makes you feel more confident in your decision.