Someone needs to start taking my credit card away from me on paydays. Not because I buy clothes or go out to expensive dinners, but because I can’t stop registering for races. First it was the Cherry Blossom 10-miler…then it was the Back on my Feet 5 miler…and now it’s the 2014 Baltimore Marathon. Yeah…they have a half and a 5K….but go big or go home.
Last year, leading up to the Philly Marathon, I just didn’t have it in me. I just didn’t feel like it and anyone who has done a distance run knows that if your heart isn’t in it, there’s just no point. A marathon is so much a mental game that I feel like doing a 20 mile training run isn’t for your endurance as much as it’s for your peace of mind that you can actually accomplish this stupid idea you had. I was actually really proud of myself that I was ok with saying “I don’t want to do this anymore, so I won’t.” Ever since my dad made me stay on my 4th grade basketball team even though I completely hated it, I haven’t really been a quitter. The going gets tough and while I might not “get going” I normally don’t run in the opposite direction. I knew that if I truly didn’t want to do it, I didn’t have to.
Then, a few weeks ago, my friend Steph and I started toying around with doing a different marathon this year. I love Philadelphia, but it would be nice to run a race without knowing each step of the course and having it programmed in my mind. Steamtown was an option but I couldn’t pass up running around Inner Harbor and Fells Point, two places I loved as a kid and still enjoy.
THEN I realized it was hilly and now I’m having a mini panic attack. But I will survive. I’m upping my incline on my runs at Unite and I’ll be sure to work in some more hill work during training.
I haven’t quite found a training plan I love, so please let me know if you have any suggestions!
244 days until Race Day!!!