…among other things in life, obviously! Pretty please…
Here is the situation. I am running my 2nd marathon…EVER…on March 1st in Napa, California. I signed up for this months ago and have a training schedule in place.
However, about a month ago, I learned I was selected to be an ambassador for the SLO Marathon. Luckily, it also has a 5k and a half marathon distance too. I’m not required or forced to run any distance, so here is where my issue lies.
To this point, I’ve ran one full marathon. After March 2nd, I’ll have ran my 2nd marathon (ever). Both of which have been with over a year time span in between. Then, about two months after Napa, I need to decided if I want to run the Half or the Marathon in SLO.
I’ve had a few conversations regarding this. I think I’ll still be pretty conditioned to do a full after, but I’m super hesitant because I will have only ran 2 marathons with a lot of time in between.
Here are some options that I’ve come up with…but your sage advice is more than welcomed at this point:
- Run the half marathon and run it hard.
- Run the half marathon for fun.
- Run the full for fun – don’t pay attention to time, just go by feeling (yeah right, this never happens).
- Run the full in a new way – run 3 minutes, walk 1 minute (I most likely will get annoyed with walking all the time).
- Run the full.
Those are pretty much my options at this point. I run for fun, so I don’t have a coach to guide me. So, this is where I look to you, my lovely readers and friends. Any advice or previous experience with this type of situation is greatly appreciated!
As of right now, I am signed up for the half distance, but I am able to up it to the full. If you can’t tell, its kinda stressing me out. I like to commit to something and then train. But I’m so focused on Napa at the moment, SLO is throwing me for a curve. But in reality, I need to prepare for them both simultaneously, if I plan to run the full in SLO! Decisions, decisions, decisions…
I’m guess it will be a game time decision, instead of a smart decision…