Earlier this yeah I mentioned that me and my friend wanted to do the Walt Disney World Full Marathon in January as our first full.
We weren’t sure if we should because we had only been running for about 8 months and had already become injured! We went back in forth each week. At first I was the one who said “LETS DO IT!!” and Jen had her reservations, then the tables turned and she was all excited and I was saying NO!
We weighed the pro’s and con’s for 4 months. We continued to train and ran our second half marathon, all things looked good.
Except when we finished that second half marathon we both looked at each other and said “let’s do the half in January.” Three of our other friends are doing the half and we decided that we want to enjoy the parks with them, not freak out before the marathon and then not be able to walk the day after. It was the best decision for us.
Because guys - running 26.2 miles is HARD. Like REALLY HARD. Heck, running 13.1 miles is super hard as well! It is not a decision to be taken lightly.
We got caught up in the excitement of running. When you go to races and there are marathoners, ultramarathoners, and even ironmen (and women) running next to you it’s really easy to get caught up in the excitement and not even THINK about the fact that running and training for a 26.2 mile race is brutal on the body. That’s why people get stuck in the ongoing injuries that are associated with running. They over train, get injured, have to take some time off, and then go really hard to catch back up to where they were and get injured again.
Running is very “in” right now. I will admit to being apart of the fad, though I did start running when I was 15, I’ve picked it up more now doing longer distances because that is what “everyone” is doing right?
The half marathon is the new 5k and I’m not sure how I feel about that. I don’t think people understand how hard it is to train for something like that.
And lets be honest I am SOOOOO slow. Like people WALK faster than I run. I’m okay with that but I would like to someday get into good enough shape to be able to run faster and just be more comfortable with the HALF distance before even thinking about completing a FULL.
So we decided. We are running the Walt Disney World Half Marathon in January. I would say it will be my 4th half marathon but we are busy planning our fall training schedule so I’ll figure out what number that actually might be.
So I’m here calling my own bluff. I’m not ready to run a full. While I know I’ll be jealous of those marathoners come January I also have a huge weight lifted off of my shoulders.
I know my limitations. I will be ready someday, but today is not the day.
At first I thought I was “giving up” on myself or I had failed because of the decision. But giving up on yourself and understanding yourself are two very different things. Knowing your limitations are important not only for your health but for your sanity. If I tried to run a full marathon right now, I know I’m not ready. I would maybe get injured and just not be in love with running anymore. And no one wants that.
We sign up for these things for fun don’t we? Even though it doesn’t seem like that most days.
So there it is folks. I’m not ready but I will be someday. It’s okay if you’re not running ultramarathons or competing in ironmans. Progress takes time and you can’t rush or half ass things. Besides, I’m 23, I have decades of running ahead of me =]
When it’s time for me to run a marathon I’ll be ready, and I’ll crush it.