Monday, October 15, 2012

Testing My Limits

I have a marathon scheduled this next Sunday, October 21st. It's the Hercules Marathon in Santa Monica, California, and it will be my third full marathon.

If I run it.

I'm not ready. I know it. I haven't prepared for it. I haven't been running long runs and I'm a few pounds heavier than I was in May when I ran the Pasadena Marathon.

If I had any sense at all, I'd change from the full to the half and be happy with a thirteen mile run. But when it comes to running, I've never really been known for my good sense, right?

So what are my options? I can run the full marathon and not worry about my overall time. That would mean I could slow my pace, get a good long run out of the day, and still complete the full marathon. Or I could run the half, still get a good long run, and not push myself to the extreme of a full. Or I could blow off the whole event, not spend the weekend in Los Angeles, and stay right here in San Diego.

What to do, what to do?

I want to run, so I'm in for at least the half. And I would like to complete the full and feel like I'm somewhat on track with my running program, but I don't know.

Ugh. I have no one to blame but myself. I haven't trained up for this marathon and I'm acting as if I can just knock out twenty-six miles with no problem. But that's a fool's notion. I need to respect the distance and be realistic about what I am capable of right now.

Half or Full. Full or Half. I just don't know.


  1. I say go for it. I'd go into it without anything more than to finish. Take it slow from the start, and go as long as you can. If you don't make it, you gave it your best shot. If you do, you'll be glad you didn't switch to the half.

  2. Thanks, James. Maybe you're right. And this event is a smaller, community-type run, so I can even switch from the full to the half AT the halfway mark, so there's no real reason to not at least try, right?