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.