I’ve been thinking.
About the marathon.
The full marathon.
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.
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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?