I’ve been thinking.
About the marathon.
The full marathon.
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I’ve been telling myself that I’m just going to focus on the half because it’s easier to train for and less stressful on your body. But I keep reading blogs of amazing runners training for marathons and it makes me miss marathon training.
I miss the feeling of satisfaction you get after completing a LONG long run.
I miss getting to scarf down tons of carbs because you’re training so much.
And I miss the feeling of crossing the finish line of the marathon…
…although maybe not so much the pain right after finishing. 🙂
The finisher medal kinda makes up for not being able to walk.
So I’m thinking about signing up for a fall marathon. Right now, if I’m going to do it, I’m leaning towards doing the Fox Valley Marathon, primarily because they offer a race flex option, where I’d pay a little more money to register, but if I’m not feeling the full training I can always back down to the half. I planned to run it last year, but due to a combination of wedding planning and my hatred of long runs in the heat (and that time I got stung by a wasp on my long run), I wound up scratching the race.
My big hesitation about signing up is that I really hate having to do long runs in the heat, which I’d have to do since the race is in September. However, if I run this marathon, I’m not going to follow the same balls-to-the-wall training plan from Advanced Marathoning that I was following last summer and I’m not going to try to PR. I think part of my problem last summer was a lot of frustration that I wasn’t hitting the splits I wanted with my speed work, but if I’m just running to finish, I don’t really care how fast my training runs are.
Anyone have any advice?
Have you hesitated before signing up for a race?
Do you prefer to run races during a certain season?
What’s your race schedule look like this year?