I don’t know what to do

I have two races up ahead, very close, LOOMING:

2014 nyc half photos

March 16, New York City Half Marathon

boston marathon elite field

April 21, Boston Marathon

I am in no shape to race or PR at any, but I could probably finish them. Well, the half at least. Boston, I am not sure. When I did NYC Marathon 3 months ago I was in awful shape (and still better than now!) and it was horribly painful. I have two options. Sludge through the half and do my best to prep for Boston. It’s quite lame actually. Or: do the half as a training run, and skip Boston.

This has been my mileage for the past weeks:

  • Week of January 20: 8 miles total
  • Week of January 13: 31 miles total
  • Week of January 6: 23 miles total
  • Week of December 30: 6 miles total
  • Week of December 23: 7 miles total
  • Week of December 16: 16 miles total

Not really any kind of half or full marathon preparation. I think I should not race Boston. I haven’t commited mentally (I haven’t even gotten hotel room, and we KNOW that’s another big issue!) and I am not in shape. But still, just like with NYCM last year, I can’t seem to be able to say no. What’s wrong with me?

18 thoughts on “I don’t know what to do

  1. If you don’t feel you are ready, don’t. You could risk injury with the type of training you have been doing. With this being said, it seems you have some background in putting the miles in, and plenty of people run a marathon to just finish, which I’m sure you could do with the masses. Also, Boston is historical. If you haven’t done it before, you don’t know if you will be able to next year..something to think about.


    • I have done Boston before and this year will be very special. That is why I signed up. But I am not sure it’s right for me to race in this shape! I have been BQing in all my marathons so I am not scared of not being able to get in again, I just don’t think it’s the right time for me this year…


  2. I would go to Boston even if I’d have to walk half the course. But then, I have never been there and it’s my #1 running-goal right now. So I’m terribly biased! Hope you figure it out. Meanwhile, stay healthy- and WARM! 🙂


  3. You have pretty much 3 months until Boston… that’s enough time to get, training wise, to a different place that you are now. I know you ARE in shape, you still need to get back to it.. Do both. Take the half as a part of your marathon training.
    Good luck.
    PS: Seriously those are 2 great races you are getting to run, don’t waste the opportunity.


  4. Would you like some cheese with that whine? Just kidding. We all love you. You GET TO run Boston. AND you have enough time to put together some halfway decent training. You are clearly a gifted runner. So what if your training or your race isn’t perfect. Like Nike says, “Just Do It!”. And JFR. Good luck! Make us proud!


  5. I wish I could help! I am in a crap spot too. Marathon in May and only 3 runs under my belt this month. All 3 milers and I haven’t run over 10 miles since October! 16 weeks is going to be here fast. You at least have been running with some long miles in your log book. You have the mind and body for it and you could do it without running until race day.


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