Only Prescription Is More Cowbell…TOTR

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.

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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!

Yeah, this isn't ideal running weather.
Yeah, this isn’t ideal running weather.
Kept relatively even splits the whole time, despite the bad temps.
Kept relatively even splits the whole time, despite the bad temps.

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?

  1. ‘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?
  2. 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!
  3. 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).
  4. 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?
  5. 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? 

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15 thoughts on “Only Prescription Is More Cowbell…TOTR”

    1. Thanks Jen! It freaks me out to say it out loud lol, but having the thoughts means it’s on the horizon for me! I wouldn’t be thinking about it so much if I didn’t really want to do it. 😉

  1. I’ve done one marathon. My friend and I agreed to run CLE on the condition that I could choose our next one. She is since backing out of that agreement. Grrrr! 😉 You can do it. PHX is in February. You should try that one! Good luck with whatever you choose.

    1. I think PHX would be great! Plus one of my companies I represent goes to the expo and I’d love to meet them 🙂

  2. I am training for my first marathon. I ran for over 10 years before even thinking about it. I fixed the objective of wanting to finish in good physical condition and enjoy the experience. I am using the Jeff Galloway training plan. It is a 6 month plan and builds very slowly. (I just posted about my latest longest run every, 20 miles)

    1. I’ll definitely have to check your posts out because i use Galloway for long runs! I’m injury prone so Galloway has helped me do longer distances without getting tired or hurt.

  3. Oh yes, I have done a marathon (actually, I’ve done four…and one was a 6-hour Ultra). It took me forever to commit to doing a 26.2, but deep down I knew I had it in me to at least try (I a suspect you do, too). I would suggest trying to find one that has a relatively flat course, so you won’t get burned out on hills. Definitely, a cooler time of year (though weather is the one variable we have ZERO control of). Maybe consider a “big” event….lots of people, but you’ll have more crowd support along the entire course, especially in the final 6-8 miles (when you need it most). Good luck…and just do it! 😉

    1. My thoughts exactly! Now is the time I’m going to research and narrow down my options. Despite the fact that we don’t have control over weather, I feel like January r February will be my best bets!

  4. I thought you had already run a full marathon? Well, if you haven’t, I’d consider Chicago! It was my first…my second…my third….

    Of course it is my hometown race but it is the most runner friendly race I’ve ever run. And it’s really flat. I’m running Big Sur in April, and I’m so glad to have that experience under my belt.

    Just my 2 cents!
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    1. Chicago was definitely one I had considered until I realized doing that one would mean doing the bulk of my training in the summer! Florida in July & August is like the worst possible months to run haha.

  5. I think since you’ve given it so much thought you’re obviously interested in doing one, therefore you must! When I decided to run “one” in 2007 I figured I wasn’t getting any younger so running one wouldn’t get any easier so I took the leap and never looked back. Go for it! But not a hot one, cuz they suck. Thanks for linking up!

    1. Precisely why I don’t want to do it in Florida! Disney was 70 degrees this weekend. I struggled through my 7 miler in 70 degrees haha.

  6. I think you could do a marathon…anyone CAN, I truly believe it. If I can, you can! But…do you want to? I remember you saying you don’t really enjoy long distances…but maybe now that your asthma is under control more, it may be more enjoyable! I think if you need to truly want to in order to complete a full. If you’re internally motivated and it’s not about any outside factors, then go for it! But don’t go into it if you don’t REALLY want to. You can’t half-ass marathon training the way you can other distances 🙂

    If you decide to do one, I’ll be so excited to follow your training!
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    1. I definitely want to at some point. I’ve passed the point of saying I don’t want to. I just have to figure out when. And which one. For me, my breathing is an issue if it’s humid and hot out which is why I have trouble training over the summer or enjoying longer runs when it’s hot here (which is like 99% of the time). Hopefully we have a mild spring so I can get into a routine with training for the two halfs I have. The motivation for me comes when I actually sign up- if I sign up I’ll train for it.

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