I have thought about this a long time, called all my lifelines, and yes even polled the audience here, on the 26.2 Quest Fanpage, and even on Daily Mile and I have decided that I will play it safe and drop back to the half marathon distance. This was not an easy decision and I did flip flops throughout the process that would make any politician jealous, but ultimately I put pride aside and have decided on the 13.1 instead of the 26.2.
There will be plenty of marathons in the future that I will be better prepared for. Marathons that I can approach the starting line with confidence - both the confidence that I have trained sufficiently and that I am injury free. This one was not meant to be my third marathon, although I still did learn a lot in the process of training for it.
I am nearing a week of rest in that I have abstained from any and all running. my thigh was telling me it simply had enough and it needed some rest and recovery. I will be heading out for a test run in the next couple days and am a little bit nervous in what I will find. There is still a slight possibility that I will completely pull from the race if my thigh hasn't gotten any better, but I see that as only a remote possibility at this time.
With race day less then two weeks away the excitement is definitely in the air and all over the social media landscape. I will be volunteering for packet pickup on Friday at the Expo and am really looking forward to it. I volunteered at the mile 18 water stop in the 2009 Georgia Marathon, known then as the ING Georgia Marathon, and even though it was a long, tiring, and cold day, I still look back on that day with fond memories.
I have not yet decided what pace I will run the half marathon at, but I will most likely not try to set any new records. My initial thoughts are that I will run it similarly to how I have run my recent long runs, but the runs I get in between now and then will further decide race day pacing.
Like I said, in a nutshell - Run and Enjoy!
Remember, today is your last day to enter to win a pair of MY RUN Movie tickets!
Congratulations on making a hard decision. Good luck on your new half!ReplyDelete
What a tough decision. Congrats on at least staying in to enjoy the fun of running. It's easy to lose the pleasure of the run when faced with disappointment. Good Luck!ReplyDelete
Sounds like a plan... Never an easy decision.ReplyDelete
I had to drop down to 13.1 before my first full because of injury. I ended up walking the half with a new friend (blogger) and it was SO MUCH FUN!ReplyDelete
Thanks all for the encouragement!ReplyDelete
I know all to well how hard of a decision this was to make as I faced it myself back in October with Grand Rapids. It's better to toe the line prepared to handle the distance then risk injuring yourself further. Have a blast in the Half and use it as a base to go for your next one.ReplyDelete
Running to enjoy and being realistic about your fitness is a very good plan.ReplyDelete
Always better to run for fun than sitting on the couch.
Thanks Morgan, Andrew and Sue, and Mike! I am at peace with it which is the important part! :)ReplyDelete
Sounds like a good non-plan plan.ReplyDelete
Good luck Tim. Hopefully your thigh feels better when you go for your next run.ReplyDelete
Sounds like you're being smart, something I'm struggling with myself over right now.ReplyDelete
Thanks David, Patrick, and Kate. I hope you make the right decisions as well Kate!ReplyDelete
Get out there and enjoy! So happy to be part of the audience poll.ReplyDelete
Thanks Graceful Lady!ReplyDelete