Remember the other day when I said I signed up for the Rehoboth Marathon?
What the hell was I thinking?
I trained for months for Marine Corps. I was all in both physically and mentally. I was able to carve out some time for it because it was so important to me and was such a big goal for this year.
Rehoboth, I signed up for on a whim.
It would be fun!
I could totally do it!
I’m sure I probably could. I trained hard for four months, and if I really wanted to, I could train for another few weeks and eke it out.
When Laura first brought up the idea of the race, she said she’d pace me to my sub-4 if I wanted. It sounded so tempting, to be able to wrap up 2012 as a 3:xx-marathoner.
But I wouldn’t feel ready unless I put my all into these next few weeks of training, and I’m just not ready for that right now, so I thought maybe I’d just run the marathon “for fun.”
No, really. Marathons can be fun.
But now’s just not the time. I don’t need to prove to myself or anyone else right now that I can run a second marathon this year or that I can break 4 this year. I know I can do both of these things, but work is crazy right now, and I’d really love to be able to spend more of my not-at-work time relaxing a bit more. The last thing I need right now is to create unnecessary stress for myself by doing another marathon. Plus, my knee has been kind of stiff, so I took this week off from running to baby it, so I didn’t think a big fat goose egg of a training week would help.
So I’m probably going to drop down to the half, because it still sounds like a fun race. And as Emily reminded me, running the half means more time for beer after.
Have you run multiple marathons in one season? How’d you feel doing them? How hard did you train in between?
Ever dropped down in a race? (Or, the opposite! Have you ever spontaneously decided to jump up in a race instead?)
EDITED TO ADD! Congrats to my girl Leticia for finishing her first marathon in Richmond yesterday!!!! Big congrats also go out to all the other #TeamRichmond ladies who traveled down there yesterday to show them what New Yorkers are made of.