I said this last year too but this time I mean it. I’m not running the Disney World Marathon. I just don’t have it in me this year.
First off, I’m over marathons. I’m taking a 1 year break starting now. I don’t want to even think about a marathon until 2017. The Marine Corps Marathon broke me. I trained so hard and then race day was awful due to injury. It was also an awful weekend because I had so much school work to do that I barely slept, barely ate, ran the marathon, and then got really really sick once that whole weekend was done. NOT doing that again. It’s going to take me a while to forget how awful all of that was.
As a way of ensuring I don’t even think about running Disney (not that I need that because I’m pretty sure), I signed up for the Naples Half Marathon the week after Disney. There’s no way I’ll do both and I’m tired of missing Naples Half every year. I think I’ve signed up for it 2 times already. I reconnected with someone from my run team and we have this no-plans-plan thing going on. We meet up when we can and when we’re both free. Or in my case, I meet up when my injuries let me run. She wants to run Naples this year too so that’s our goal.
After that, as in the very next weekend, I run Miami with some more friends. Not sure how back-to-back halfs are going to work but I kind of don’t care anymore. I don’t think I’m in any position to PR in the half so it doesn’t really matter. I’d have to get around 8:00 flat per mile to PR in the half. HA! I ran 5 miles at 9:10 minutes per mile the other day and I was pretty much over it at the 5. No way I could even continue 9’s for 13 miles. But that will be my goal for 2016! I am going to sign up for halfs for the next year and hopefully that will be more manageable as I finish up grad school.
Yes, I’m bummed about not running Disney. Yes, I think about casually run-walking it just to get the medal. It’s the best medal this year! Of course, the year I have entry and am not going to run it. And, yes, I only 60% believe myself that I will not run it. I wish I could be smart about this for a change. Last year when I ran Disney last-minute, well, it didn’t feel awful but my lips turned blue afterwards and I thought I’d pass out. But it’s hard to let it go when I know people walk it to see the characters and when I suspect I could do some leisurely pacing and probably finish.
Well, that’s pretty much it. Running has been going well but that’s because I have no expectations of myself. And “going well” does not mean a ton of mileage. Just basic mileage up to 8 miles tops. I don’t like the idea of starting my new year with quitting a race but I think it’s for the best.
Anyone else rethinking races you signed up for?