Hey everyone! I’m back linking up with MCM Mama Runs, My No Guilt Life and Marcia’s Healthy Slice for Tuesdays on the Run (TOTR). This week’s theme is weird running dreams but since I rarely remember my dreams I’m going with weird running thoughts. It’s pretty much the same thing for me because when I think about something I really like I tend to ‘zone out’ and people comment that I look like I’m sleeping with my eyes open…weird I know.
Anyway, by the time you get to the end of this post (if you read my 2016 goals post) you’ll probably think I’m crazy or can’t make up my mind (which is entirely a possibility but stick with me here). I haven’t been able to stop thinking about the possibility of running a full marathon lately. I know, only two weeks ago, I was saying that I can’t stand distance running- but I don’t really think it’s the whole distance thing that bothers me…I think the real issue is distance running in 95 degree weather and humidity that really bothers me. I went out this past Sunday for my first “semi-long” run since Tough Mudder- 7 miles. I actually felt pretty good the whole time! The issue came at the end when I couldn’t breathe very well due to the humidity. That last mile was rough. But I felt amazing when I finished!
If you’ve known me a while, you know I can never really make up my mind when I’m making a huge decision. I see both sides of the issue with almost everything- the pros and cons. Sometimes it makes me seem indecisive and flaky- but it’s not really that. It’s just that I hate to commit to something I’m not sure I’ll be 100% in on! BUT this is something I need to change and have actively been working to change since I’ve become a runner. So why do I think I can do a full marathon?
- ‘Hate’ is a rather relative term for me- Up until I was 27 years old, I “hated” to run. But I signed up for my first 5k, started training, and never looked back. Plus, do you ever really know for sure you don’t like something until you try it?
- My first half marathon experience, while great, wasn’t the best first half I could have had. It was reeeeeaaaallllyyyy hot outside and humid too- last April- so overall it wasn’t the best month to attempt a half marathon. I can’t base my love/hate relationship with long distance running off of one or two long runs done in such hot weather, so the only solution is (more cowbell) to try again!
- I know I have the physical capability of doing it- though the distance is daunting, I have done events before where I’ve been on a course for 4+ hours (Tough Mudder). While the distance is closer to the half marathon, the amount of exertion is definitely more while doing a 12 mile obstacle race as opposed to a road race. I’ve pushed through complete exhaustion to finish when I didn’t think I could get any further, so I know I have the ability to finish. (No, I’m not comparing TM to a marathon in a traditional sense- I know the marathon distance is incredibly challenging and I respect the distance. I’m just saying I know how to keep going when my body wants to stop).
- I want to see how far I can push myself! Runners are always looking for their next “goal” race or time. While this year I still intend to focus on speed and work on shorter races, I think 2017 is a perfect time to ramp it up again and see what I can do distance wise. Every other year go long maybe?
- There’s a possibility that I’m slightly masochistic…well, not really, but I do enjoy pushing my limits. Ever since I’ve become a runner, I’ve done TONS of things I said I would “never” do, so why stop now? Plus it would be super cool to say “I’m a marathoner.” Not everyone can say that.
So yes, I’ve been having these crazy thoughts lately that I can’t seem to shake. I’ve already asked the advice of several people I trust and have received confirmation that they think I’m capable of doing one- so now it comes down to actually signing up for one. I have some criteria I’m thinking of:
a) not in Florida. Way too hot. All year.
b) somewhere I haven’t been before! Would be cool to see the city during a race.
c) something with lots of entertainment- crowds, music, city lights, etc..
d) preferably in January or February 2017; gives me about a year to build my strength and train the right way.
I’m open to suggestions if you have them!
Have you ever considered doing a marathon? What was the final decision maker for you when you signed up for your first one?