How beautiful is this day? Please don’t tell me cold and snow are going to come back next week. I don’t think I can deal with another day of feeling cold and wanting to hibernate!
I was really excited to head out for a run today. As you know from my blogs and tweets, I have been marathon training in some pretty awful weather, so a chance to not feel numb while running was one I couldn’t pass up.
It all started out okay, but then my knees started to hurt, and pretty badly. Throughout this marathon training period, and DEFINITELY while training for last year’s Boston Marathon, knee pain has plagued me on and off. This time around, it was only made worse by a few twists and slips running in slush and ice.
So, I decided today I am going to be smart. I am not running the Napa Valley Marathon. I might try to enter the 5K, or I might just sleep in and enjoy vacation.
Other factors that went into the decision not to run the marathon:
- I don’t want to. It’s not that I am afraid of the pain or being tired; I have run up to 21 miles this training season and been fine. Over the past month or so, I just started to have no desire to run a marathon right now. Potentially damaging my knees further just feeds that.
- I want to spend my time in Napa having fun and being relaxed, not sore, cranky, starving, and tired.
- My husband really needs a vacation, and I really need to see him without a laptop over his face. I know we just got back from Ireland, but he worked 51 hours over the course of three days last weekend. After a full week of 12-15 hour days. Marathon vacations are not the same as real vacations, in my book.
- The marathon’s ban on iPods really started freaking me out. I completely rely on music to get me through tough parts of workouts. I think I might go insane if I had to run for four plus hours without that distraction!
I guess I could be disappointed with myself right now. Back in the day, if I said I was going to run a marathon, I would have run it with a broken leg. Now? It’s supposed to be fun, and if I am dreading it, it is not fun.
There. A huge weight lifted off of my chest. I still wish with every bit of my being that I had a Boston Marathon number this year. Wah.
There are definitely more marathons in my future, but for now I think I get more satisfaction from spinning, weights, and short runs. Marathon running (and this is my own fault) sabotages my diet a little as I start to think I can eat anything and everything. And now that I am working for myself, long runs also cut into time I am being paid. As such I am definitely interested in hearing about short, 30 minutes or less, workouts, that you find fun and also really challenging.
Have you ever had to make a decision that was best for you, but you still worried about what other people would think?