After the first week with successful, purposeful runs (read: I said I was going to run and actually did it without bailing), I finally felt the drive to dedicate myself to training again. Maybe it is the leaves changing color and the slightly cooler weather reminding me of cross country races, who knows. Last weekend I set out on a fun run in the first day with crisp, Fall weather and all of a sudden it hit me. I knew what I wanted to train towards, not necessarily the race, but definitely the distance. I’m ready for the marathon.
I came home and laughed at myself though. This feeling well disappear in a couple days. In the meantime I appeased myself by looking at potential Spring marathons within driving distance, which to me, is 8 hours or less for a quick trip. I can push for 12 hours for a weeklong vacation. I think Spring is the best for me because I love to do whatever I want in the Summer. Yes, it will be absolutely awful training through Buffalo winters and I hated half marathon training in the winter, but I’m hoping training for a longer, slower race will make it more feasible. Besides, my mind is going to change in a few days anyways. I’m not running a marathon.
I found the Carmel Marathon after looking at few others and headed to Twitter for some local input. Of course, reviews were great and then some friends were all about it. I joked to J about it, “spring marathon?” and he asked if I had enough time to even get ready for that sort of thing since I haven’t been running. Sometimes dating a non-runner had its perks. But don’t worry, I’ll change my mind.
I purchased Hanson’s Marathon Method just to see what it was about. I like reading about training and finding new plans, what’s the harm? Next purchase will likely be a book about training and CrossFit, because I’ll be damned if I have to totally stop doing what has kept me injury free. It doesn’t matter though, I’ll change my mind.
Well, it has been a week and my mind hasn’t changed. I haven’t pulled the trigger and signed up because I’m being careful with spending until we close and buy all the house necessities (budget, what?) but I have the price increase reminder on my phone at the end of October. Mentally, I’ve committed. I’ve told J and friends my plan to do this. I’ve recognized what it’ll mean for my winter… But I think I’m ready to step up again.
So there. Next April, I’m going to run another marathon.