Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Emergency Blog Post! To Run Or Not To Run? That Is THE Question

"Always do what you are afraid to do." 
Ralph Waldo Emerson

So the bee-in-my-bonnet is stinging the bejeezus out of me.

A few days ago the Colorado Marathon, which will be held on May 6th, gave out ten free entries to the marathon or half marathon, and I jumped into the contest without a second thought. Well, maybe I had a second thought, but I sort of wanted it. And I sort of didn't want it. But, alas, I was not one of the lucky winners.

But this got me thinking: I'm feeling pretty good after Boston, just a tad bit of soreness left after a week and change. Why not jump into another one and see if I can get that BQ after all?

I started looking around for something near-ish (within driving distance), with historically cool temps, a lower elevation than Boulder, and a fast-ish course. I threw this out to friends on facebook. I surveyed the options at - and I came upon the Brookings Marathon on May 12th in Brookings SD. 

Well, I'm chronic not crazy, but the idea has dug its way deep into the recesses of my brain, and I can't seem to exterminate the little bugger.

It fits into my schedule perfectly: Classes end May 7th and grades are due May 10th and the weekend after I'm committed to a two day RRCA training course. It allows enough time to recover from Boston, but not so much time that I lose conditioning.

What to do...What to do...?

I need a push over the edge, fast.


  1. Perfect timing, you feel good...I say go for it!

  2. Go for it. It isn't as though you actually got to "race" Boston - instead you survived it running much slower than you would have been capable of in better conditions. 3 weeks is plenty of time to be rested from the effort of a long, hot, training run and ready to race for a BQ. Best of luck!

  3. Sounds like an easy decision!! GO FOR IT!!!!! :)

  4. you know the answer! git it!

  5. Yeah - Well why would I ask you guys if I wanted different answer?

  6. You're answering your own questions. :) I would say do it. You don't have anything to lose, but a BQ to gain!

  7. What to do? Seems rhetorical. You *know* you wanna! Here's a size 10 with a pillow around it giving you a swift one. Now do it!

  8. Have you gone for it yet? Please do!

    1. Yes :)
      Woke up in the middle of the night last night wondering what the hell I just got myself into - but yes, registered and ready to go...sort of!

  9. I did Boston this year and love your account. It was nearly identical to my own experience. I adjusted, I ran slower than I wanted and I missed getting a BQ time. (I ran a 3:27 needing at least a 3:25 for 2013) I will be running the Rockford Marathon despite a busy weekend because I am free that day and it is close and I can register that morning! Good luck to you next weekend!


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