Yesterday I found myself staring at this email for what seemed like hours.
In a week I’m flying to Vegas specifically to run the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon.
I am nowhere even close to ready and I’m really disappointed about that. I feel like I’m in the same exact position I was in 5 years ago when I ran my first and I wanted this time to be different. I wanted to feel and be ready. I wanted to kick this marathon’s a$$!
Last time my training suffered because of personal issues (my dad died, we were moving, I started a new job) this time an injury sidelined me. I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m just not cut out for marathon training. It’s mentally and physically tough and very time consuming! I even decided to go with an easier training routine this time, focusing mostly on weekly long runs and I still couldn’t hack it.
The way I see it, I have two options before me.
Switch to the Half
I just looked it up and I can easily make the switch from the marathon to the half with no fees or penalty. I know I can run a half. It’s a challenging distance but not impossible. I was — fairly easily — running up to 12 miles in my training before I got injured and that was without any support (water stations, energy stops, cheering crowds, etc.)
Attempt the Full
Just like last time I can suck it up and give it a shot. It will be tough, there’s no doubt. I can easily remember how I felt on running Baltimore’s full but I also know how awesome it felt to follow through on my commitment. I had fun with it and looking back, I wouldn’t trade that experience for anything — click here if you haven’t seen the photos.
What to Do?!
Honestly, I have no idea. I’m been flip-flopping on this for weeks! Some days I’m all gung-ho — I got this! Let’s do it! It will be fun, like a running tour of Vegas! Other days I’m a bit more pessimistic — What if I can’t finish the full in the time constraint? Just switch to the half, there’s no shame in it. You aren’t ready. It’s not worth it.
I have to make this decision on my own, of course, but your advice and opinions are welcome. What would YOU do?