How are you?
I’m doing OK today. It seems as though my Crohn’s/colitis/emphysema/Anthrax is back to square one. Things are no good in stomach land. I’ve upped my Steroid dosage rather than continuing to taper down, so get excited for some seriously puffy cheeks in the coming weeks.
This morning Brian and I ran four miles together in Central Park. It could have been perfect. The weather was shockingly warm for November and there’s finally foliage throughout the park. We stuck to the Bridle Path and kept our pace easy. Coach Cane would be pleased to know that after yesterday’s speed workout, my legs are sufficiently shot today. Success!
But naturally my stomach didn’t want to have a good time, so that kind of ruined the scenery for me. Bummer. My foot hasn’t hurt at all in two weeks though, so I’m pretty pumped about that. Yay!
As the entire world probably knows (or should know, in my opinion), this weekend was the New York City Marathon.
In case I haven’t said it enough, I loved marathon training. I loved the long runs, loved the lifestyle and really enjoyed working toward a big end goal. I’m fully recovered from the Hamptons Marathon, and I’ve analyzed that race enough.
I’m ready for my next marathon.
But is doing a spring marathon too much too soon? Or should I keep the momentum going? Care to get inside my head a bit and help me sort out the internal debate I’m having? Excellent. Let’s go.
Reasons I Want To Do A Spring Marathon:
- I know I can beat my time. I ran the Hamptons in 4:13, and I want to go sub-4:00.
- I already have solid training to work from. I’m training for the Las Vegas Half Marathon now and I know that upping my mileage after that won’t be too shocking.
- I like goals. I like plans. I could register for a spring half, or I could go for the full 26.2. Either way, I do best when I have something to work toward.
- Winter running doesn’t scare me. I know a lot of people shy away from early spring marathons because they don’t want to do long runs in the snow, but I ran nearly every day last winter and it excited me. So I’ll be cold when I run some days. Big deal. That’s what hot showers and hot chocolate are for. And if I’m going to be out running anyway, shouldn’t it at least be with a goal in mind?
- A spring marathon would fall right around my birthday. It could be a cool present to myself.
- I may have dreamed this, but I’m pretty sure at one point this weekend, Lauren agreed to pace me for the race. That would be hugely helpful and amazing. (Lauren, please confirm whether or not this exchange was imagined.)
- Doing long runs every Saturday morning means pasta dinners and giant bread baskets every Friday. That’s probably the best reason to marathon train.
- The Hamptons Marathon was great, but it wasn’t a big marathon. There were times I was out on the road alone, and there was no expo. I’d like to do a bigger race with more fanfare. I’m cheesy like that.
- Emily is being really persistent about it. I’m really bad at saying no. Damn her.
OK. Some good reasons to do it, right? But there are a few more factors to consider…
Reasons Doing A Spring Marathon Is Maybe Not The Best Idea:
- I love running, of course, but I worry about burning out. I say I loved marathon training, but maybe I only loved it because I was doing it for the first time. Am I going to get excited about a 20-mile run when it’s not the first 20-miler of my life? Or will it get tedious?
- Sadly, my money tree doesn’t seem to be growing. This venture could get costly. Finances are something to consider.
- I’m still Crohnsing pretty hard. It’s tough to imagine getting through super long runs with my body feeling the way it has been. I know it will pass, but it’s still something to consider.
- I don’t have Coach Cane anymore. As helpful as he continues to be, he’s technically not my coach now that I’m done with Run For The Rabbit. When I say “he’s technically not my coach” I mean I cannot currently afford a running coach. So it would be up to me to create and stick with a training plan. And then it would be up to Coach Brian to make me run fast…which begs the question, can Coach Brian handle another round of Marathon Training Ali?
- What if I can’t run a sub-4:00 marathon? Am I going to beat myself up afterward? Yes, I definitely am. And that won’t be fun for anyone in my life because I may turn into a crazy (OK, crazier) psycho. I obviously love a challenge, but I do worry about the potential risk of failure.
So that’s what’s on my mind. To marathon or not to marathon? That is the question. Honestly, I should have been a poet.
CARE TO WEIGH IN? Someone tell me what to do. I hate making decisions unless they are about food, in which case the decision is always, “Yes I will look at a dessert menu.” Any factors I haven’t considered in the marathon debate?