I am doing a marathon this year!

And… I made a decision!! It actually happened very quick after one comment in my last post!

bangle44 posted: That’s an expensive trip for something you aren’t sure about and have already done. Save it and PR at NYC among your adoring fans. Or come to Philly…

Um, duh!!!!!! WHY on earth had I never thought about doing another marathon? Or another marathon that wasn’t Berlin??? I PRed in Berlin 4 years ago and told myself it would never happen again, like it was there or nowhere else. I couldn’t have PRed in NYCM or Boston (which are the only ones I did after Berlin) but there’s OTHER races… Oh, I think I was just stuck there because that’s where world records are made, and there wouldn’t be any other “fast” courses. Anyway, I realize now I could potentially PR somewhere else. DUH. So I don’t really need to go to Berlin…

Actually, to be totally honest, I had thought about it for about 3 days in April… A friend of mine, Martina, did a 3:23 in Boston this year, which was insanely hot (and she hates hates hates the heat) and we had done the NYC Half in the same time… it got me thinking. I got super pumped to race a marathon, and I was 80% planned to do Erie. And as fast and furious as I got excited, it went away.

Is it wrong that I want to do a marathon to PR? I had NEVER been in that position. I swear. I’ve done (let me go count) 10 marathons and I only stressed out about the first one. Of those ten, I have 5PRs, 1 automatic PR, and 4 non-PRs (all the last ones!!!). I just used to love it. I wouldn’t even think about not signing up. Then Blaise moved to “Brooklyn”.

I think not having a stable training partner really stresses me, having to see who’s available each weekend… Patricia is (sometimes too fast for me and) away most summer weekends, and it just took the fun out the weekends run to have to find other people. Which is not a problem, and I have all these other amazing people to run with. I just had it way too easy and got spoiled!

Oh, which marathon am I doing? Care to guess???

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3 thoughts on “I am doing a marathon this year!

  1. I’m guessing Philly because you said it’s difficult to PR at NYC. Or is the Erie hunger back? It’s a good PR course! If you’re okay with completely flat and a double-loop course.

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