When I did the Fox Valley Marathon this September and had a rough time, I said I wasn't doing the Chicago Marathon or the Lakefront 50K that I signed up for.
I toughed out the Chicago Marathon in October but said I didn't really want to do the Lakefront 50k I signed up for.
I did the Lakefront 50k in November and had the best time of all three...but swore I would never do another marathon ever in my life.
I swore up and down that starting in 2014, the most I will ever run again is a half marathon. I was so confident of that fact that I told my boyfriend that he could slap me in the face if I signed up for anything more than a half marathon after 2013! He actually recorded it for proof. Maybe he knew something that I didn't?
Up until December 22, 2013, I was (at first) 100% confident in that statement, then slightly less confident but pretty sure (maybe) that I wouldn't do a full AT LEAST in 2014.
Then came December 23, 2013. After weeks of hearing everyone talking about marathon training starting up right about NOW, I had an epiphany that I NEEDED to do a fall 2014 marathon. Where did this come from? What changed from last week to this week?
Ok, saying I wasn't going to do a full EVER AGAIN was probably jumping the gun a bit. But saying I wasn't doing to do one in 2014 was definitely reasonable. My goals for 2014 included getting stronger, more physically fit, and losing weight. I need to do these things to be a better runner. And it's hard doing the marathons when I'm not in shape to do them. And I know from experience that I CANNOT lose weight while training for a marathon.
I was making my spreadsheet of the races for 2014 that I've already signed up for and ones I'm considering. While looking at this list, I felt something was missing. I have a couple triathlons planned, a duathlon, some half marathons. But ONE THING was missing. The one thing that defines me from others. Or the one thing that brings me closer to others! A marathon. I was missing a marathon in my 2014 race schedule and I didn't like the feeling. Am I being dramatic? Oh yes, definitely! But marathons are dramatic! And so are marathoners! And I didn't feel "complete" without doing a marathon in 2014.
And there came my obsessive search for fall marathons in 2014. I have a one almost definite and some other possibilities. And I'm excited! SO EXCITED. And yes, I will prepare my face for that slap! And I will have a smile on my face! Because I'm a marathoner! ... And I enjoy pain??
Have a Very Merry Christmas! And a Happy New Year!!