Sunday, March 23, 2008

Marathon

Two somewhat contradictory things have changed on the site this morning. 1) I changed the blog title to Mission to a Marathon, and 2) I removed my countdown to the Mississauga Marathon.

I finally allowed myself to officially bow out. I've known for a while that it was the best (and perhaps only) option at this point, but I didn't want to admit it. I really had my heart set on it. But the hard truth is, I am injured and only just starting to run again after three weeks off. The race is seven weeks away. It would be impossible for me to adequately train and I do not want to risk further injury. Plus, I want to be prepared for my first marathon; it's a big deal and not something to be taken lightly. My time will come.

There are several options later this year, but I want to play it by ear for now. Once I am fully recovered and training again, I'll weigh my options and make a decision. It's a big ol' bummer, but that's life. There will always be another race, but I've only got one body and I have to take care of it.

In the meantime, I picked up a copy of Hal Higdon's Marathon: The Ultimate Training Guide...Advice, Plans, and Programs for Your 1st Marathon or 50th. Further to yesterday's post, I'm seeking another perspective. Hopefully it will help keep my head in the game.

3 comments:

Saface Macdonald said...

Congrats on the decision. It must have been hard, yet easy to come to your choice.

You have A LOT of running ahead of you. And you want to be able to do it and do it well!

Love ya!

Safacexo

Melanie said...

glad you felt great during your run today, that's awesome Marlene! i'm sure it must have been tough to make that decision, but you're so right... take care of yourself now, it will only serve you better when you do tackle the full! :)

Tatiana said...

I just had to make a similar decision...it sucked but needed to be done. You've got many many kilometers waiting to be run by you. And you'll be fantastic at it.