Resisting the Urge to Register for a Marathon
Does anyone know how to resist the urge to run a marathon? I am all ears because I seriously need help…
I’m obviously beyond excited for everyone running Boston, but it’s hard to track everyone’s training and not wish that I was going through the same thing. Pangs of jealousy. Then, last Tuesday, registration opened for the 2011 Chicago Marathon and watching others excitedly sign up and talk with their friends came with even more emotions. Waves of disappointment and guilt for pulling out of this marathon in 2010 come over me every time I hear it mentioned. I know someday I will run this, but 2011 is not the year. Even though I know I shouldn’t register for another marathon, it doesn’t mean the urge to do it isn’t there…No Kim, no! Don’t do it!
As more and more races open up for registration, I know the temptation and the urge to register is only going to snowball. So, my strategy? Keep Busy!
- Fill my schedule with shorter races and focus on speed and setting goals for each distance. Anywhere from a 5k-13.1 Miles
- Add in several more Triathlons to add some variety to my schedule
- Finally join the L Street Running Club
- Go on long runs with friends who are training for marathons and live vicariously through their experience
I’m hoping that if I accomplish everything above that it will make my next marathon a much more fulfilling experience. However, if I can’t fight the urge and become absolutely dead set on running a full marathon, I will register for a smaller race that doesn’t require an expensive flight or hotel room, but rather one that is an easy day trip.
Any tips on how I can resist the urge to register for a marathon?! I need HELP!