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Decisions, Decisions

Sunday, February 15, 2015

January 25th, 2015 was an amazing day. The day of my first official race. I joined a training team that guided us through the all the ups and downs, made some great friends, and learned about myself. It's all about committing yourself to accomplishing something you never thought was possible. I grew up overweight, and couldn't run around the schoolyard without huffing and puffing. Never in my wildest dreams did I think one day I would cross a finish line 13.1 miles ahead. But I can honestly tell you the day your feet lead you across the finish, you aren't the same person that crossed over the Starting Line.
It is life-changing.

I am going to compare running a marathon to childbirth. I trained for 9 months. When the day finally came, I was nervous and excited at the same time. And as you're running, you're thinking "when will this end? How much longer?" It's kinda like torture. It's painful. You know the finish line is coming closer, and you give it everything you have. When I crossed it, I literally cried tears of joy. It was one of the happiest days of my life. And then you have that medal around your neck and your body is just exhausted. I remember sitting down in the team tent to eat pizza and I couldn't get back up. My body had battle wounds like blood blisters, and chafing. I woke up the next day so sore I could barely get out of bed. And 2 days later, I forgot all about the pain and was looking ahead for the next race. I even ordered a marathon foto capturing the moment.

Now my darling husband wants me to register for the next one. He wasn't able to be there to see me finish, and he wants to be supportive, and cheer me in my second pursuit of a medal. And I so want to do it. But do I go for the whole 26.2, or stick to the 13.1? I am so divided. Running 13.1 miles hurts. Like, my hips were aching, and my legs felt like dead weights. I can't really wrap my head around the thought that that was only half the distance. Can I physically handle running 26 miles? I'm unsure of myself. My doctor has advised me not to. Too much wear and tear on the body. My husband thinks if I lost the 20 pounds I've regained first, then it would be easier on my joints. They are probably both right. And at the same time I feel like I know I can do a half marathon, so why not aim higher?
Right now, I'm just not sure.
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  • no profile photo CD3409143
    Wow I would love to be able to run a half marathon. emoticon
    2333 days ago
    I just posted on your previous blog about the WHOLE30. I agree with those who have mentioned listening to your doctor and your body. Your accomplishment is great! Doing another half marathon isn't less than your first, or less than doing a whole marathon. When you can do the half without feeling like you died 2 days later, then maybe consider moving up to the whole, lol. :) emoticon
    2359 days ago
    Congrats on your success. Listen to your body and your doctor.

    2361 days ago
    if you know someone who does regulaly marthons they could advice you you know which marathon/half marathon you would do?also how long you will have before you have to book?if you have a longer time to decide you can work on your training losing the extra weight and know better if you are able to do the whole or half marathon.what i remeber from my sport days it is not so much the distance that actually count but the attitude/the mental.the mental aspect is actually what will carry you over that line in the is what counts.hope this helps.take care and keep smiling emoticon emoticon
    2361 days ago
    Very nice post!! Whatever the decision, we are with you 100% emoticon
    2361 days ago
  • no profile photo CD3048897
    Congrats emoticon
    I am sure you could conquer a whole marathon if you gave yourself time to train if that is something you want to do when you are ready! emoticon But for today enjoy your sweet victory of conquering this one woohoo! emoticon
    2362 days ago
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