I hemmed and hawed for almost a week. I've completed 2 marathons in the past and have signed up for 2 marathons that I DNS without a second thought, but knowing that I was signing up for a running club forced me to make some serious decisions.
- I don't like waking up early, and being in the Northeast in the summer can be very hot and humid ( I know it's nothing like the south, but still not pleasant)
- I know that weekend long runs will mean sacrificing my summer to run. My thoughts of hiking in the high peaks in the weekends turns most of it into day trips.
- The actual marathon is the day after my "fake" little sisters wedding
- Do I really want to run 26.2 miles again!? I've already done this twice.
But as I thought about it, I knew that I was just coming up with excuses.
- I DO want to run another marathon. I'd like to smash my current PR.
- I want to meet other runners in the area
- Eventually I'll be working again and force to wake up early anyways.
- I can still go hiking and take weekend trips so long as I am dedicated in getting the miles in
- A wedding the night before will just mean a nice dinner, a little dancing and early to bed.
I'm excited to train for another marathon. Also knowing that I have 2.5 months where I can gradually build up my speed and endurance before the official training begins.
Today's daily inspiration from Runner's book of Daily Inspiration is very fitting:
"You should run your first marathon for the right reasons, because you'll never be the same person again. You must want to do it, not do it because your boss did it or your spouse did it" -Bill Wenmark (running coach)
What's true for running marathons is true for running in general: do it because you want to.
Don't do it because your friends do it. Don't do it to impress the boss. Don't do it because your spouse does it. Don't even do it because you think it's the right think to do and it will be good for you. Ultimately none of that matters. What matters is you and your desire. It's like that old joke: How many therapist does it take to change a lightblub? Just one. But the lightbulb has to want to change.
So here it goes, I am going to run the Hudson Mohawk River Marathon. I am going to train properly and I am going to have fun, and I am going to PR. Lock & Load.