The Marathon Journey

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Training for a marathon is a journey. A very different one for each and every one of us who decide to register for 26.2 miles. My journey has been full of ups and downs as I already wrote about. The Lakefront Marathon is six weeks away. That’s not far at all. I registered in February. That seems like a million years ago.

I had some simple goals this time around like have fun and don’t get injured. I am very excited that I have not sustained any injuries or visited an orthopedic doctor in a long time. This is big people. What has happened is I am not having fun. I’m getting increasingly worried that marathon training is going to make me hate running. And while I know a lot of the shitty runs I had this summer were weather related, but that doesn’t change how demoralizing they were.

I do not doubt my ability one bit to finish the Lakefront Marathon, what I doubt is my desire to do it. And there is no way I will be able to run 26.2 miles on October 7th if I don’t want to be doing it. Two Saturday’s ago I ran through Madison on my way to another half marathon finish. Of course I somehow managed to get the summer plague (or just a cold) the day before the race and wasn’t able to have the race I wanted, I did still finish. I remembered how much I enjoy racing the half marathon.

This weekend is my first scheduled 20 miler and I will not be running it.

My marathon journey has come to an end.

I will not be running the Lakefront Marathon this October.

And I’m okay with that.

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. Brian says:

    The tough thing I’ve found about marathon training is that your heart has to be in it 100%. I’ve had some down weeks as well.

  2. arnikolas says:

    I’m happy for you that you made the best decision for yourself. The worst thing you can do is force it and end up hating something you love so much.

  3. I often think back to my spring marathon and wonder if I should have done what you just decided here. There’s a lot I regret from it. I think you’re being proactive by deciding now, before going through with longer training miles. If it’s not fun, it’s not worth the energy.
    Maybe we can organize a really great cheer section for our friends running it?

    1. Renee says:

      Definitely. I already promised Sara I would be there for her all weekend.

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