These are my (marathon) confessions…

Dear Readers,

Are you tired of me waxing not-so-poetically about the 26.2 subject yet? Oh my. I am starting to drive myself crazy about all of this, but for as far as I can see, this is the last contemplating-sort of post you’ll see for a while – I expect to make my decision by next week as to when/where my next marathon will take place.

You see, there is something HUGE that has been on my mind these past few days, post-UVM – and it’s something that I experienced right after Shamrock as well – and this is going to sound pretty lame, but here it goes:

Physically, I felt totally fine.

I know, it’s a terrible complaint, but the fact that after my last two marathons I didn’t “feel” like I completed the 26.2 distance was just – weird. I mean, after Richmond, I was “that” post-marathon runner – walking strangely, having difficulty descending stairs, the whole nine. But with these past two races…I was just strolling around, lah dee dah like.

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So what does it mean?

Well, obviously I know I didn’t push too ‘FULL potential’ this past Saturday, but I had my reasons. I still feel confident that I did the right thing in this race. I am thankful for my health and the fact that I made it through another training cycle without injury. I cannot be happier about the amount of support I have received from friends and friends concerning my marathon goals – and yet, I still wonder…

How do you know when you’re giving all that you’ve got?

Whatever the next marathon I end up deciding to PR in is, I want to commit to LEAVING IT ALL ON THE COURSE.

Pedal to the Medal.

26.2 miles of good, hard effort.

Have I been scared?

Scared of achieving a goal? Scared of what might happen? Scared of failing?

I think so.

I need to buckle down. Make some decisions. Harness that energy.

That BQ…it will happen – whether it takes 3 more tries, or 30.

I’m ready to really begin the journey.

Have you voted in my poll about my future marathon plans yet? Check it out here.

9 comments

    • Thanks for the comment, Tasha. CIM is SOOO tempting, unfortunately I don’t think I can swing another cross country trip this year…

  1. You did the best you could among the circumstances! I sometimes get that feeling where I feel fine really quick (not this time, though… I was sore for days because I didn’t train much!). Just know that hey, at least you’re pretty darn fit to be able to get through that and “feel fine.” =)

  2. Don’t think about it too much. I know it’s a huge goal, but no matter which race you choose as your next you’ll need to plot out your training even finer each time you go out for it.

  3. I hear Detroit is pretty flat. Active listed as one of the 10 best b.q. races. Last year we had perfect weather. It’s also international, which I believe is the only one in the U.S. Did I sell that hard enough? 🙂

    I think I’m only doing the half this year (it’s incredibly hard to train for a full without J here since the kid melts down after 10 miles in the stroller.), but hopefully it’s a fast 13.1. All attempts to convince you aside, I’ll be reading up on your next Boston attempt. Love that you’re going after that very admirable goal!

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