To marathon or not to marathon? That is the question. Or so Shakespeare says, or something like that.
I have so many thoughts that are running through my head right now about this marathon stuff. Its like deju vu.
In case you wanted a little glimpse into what’s going on inside this peanut that sits atop my face (in which case I think you’re the one who needs psychiatric help), here you go. They’re pretty random, so readers beware.
- If I do the marathon, then the half marathon I’m doing in November fits perfectly into the schedule.
- If I do the marathon, then I can’t really race (relatively speaking) the half because I still need to treat it as a training run.
- But I can race and just take it somewhat easy the next couple of days and maybe shorten the run in the following days.
- Ooo, look, a butterfly!
- What if I don’t go through with the marathon again?
- Then I will have wasted a bunch of money. Again.
- And what if I don’t go through with the marathon and I didn’t race the half?
- Should I begin incorporating intervals/tempos (like I say I’m going to do all the time) or
- Should I just aim for mileage to be able to run the marathon and live to tell about it?
- If I only decide to do intervals or tempos, which is better?
- Is that a quarter??
- But! If I do decide to not race the half nor do I go through with the marathon, should I just “downgrade” to the half and race that one?
- Man, I really need to make a decision on signing up for the marathon soon since “early bird” prices are gone like the wind next week.
- Will I actually go through with training?!
- All this thinking about all that running is making me hungry…
There you have it folks. Just a glimpse of a conversation I have with myself… To talk myself into (or out of?!) a marathon.
Do you think these are legitimate concerns?
Do you think I need psychiatric help? (That’s a rhetorical question, FYI.)
When you ran your first marathon, did you have a lot of self-doubt before you even began training?