Just kidding. Sort of.
As soon as I finished my first half marathon a couple of years ago, the first question out of everyone’s lips was “So, when you running that full?” I would always smile – not quite sure how to respond – and say “Not yet!”
The same thing happened after I crossed the finish line on Sunday. “So, when you running that full 140.6?” Cue the smile and “Not yet!”
If you would have asked me before my first half marathon if I would ever run a full, I would have probably said no. Training for 13.1 miles was tough, the thought of doubling that distance seemed crazy. Then I ran the race and all of a sudden the idea of running 26.2 miles didn’t seem impossible, in fact, it seemed possible.
I registered for my first marathon a month later. Apparently it takes a while for that runner’s high to wear off.
Again, the same went with my half ironman. Before the race the idea of a full ironman seemed out of reach. Here I was struggling to train for 56 miles on the bike, how would I do 112? Double the distance would be double the work, double the time, and double the pain.
Then race day came. I spoke with dozens of triathletes who had already completed 140.6 and lived to tell the tale. They were all different shapes and sizes, different speeds and strengths, and different training and race day stories to tell. I was amazed and began to believe that I could do this.
Crossing the finish line I knew without a doubt that a full ironman was possible. It’s amazing how it just takes accomplishing one major event for us to believe in ourselves and believe we can do anything. Again, that darn runner’s high.
However, there’s a difference between “I believe I can do this” and “I’m going to sign up tomorrow.” Hold your horses! I’m going to have to stick with my standard response ‘Not yet!’ for now.
Triathlon races are just a tad (er… very) time consuming. They’re also pricy (for both race cost and equipment), require two-a-day training, and mentally drain you. When I do train for my full Ironman (one day!) I want to give it my all, but I’m not ready to dive back into that quite yet.
So, I’m going back to my first love (running) for a while. Who knows what 2012 or 2013 will bring? A full ironman? Maybe, but I’m not ready to commit just yet.
Until then I have a few races lined up to distract me.
Savannah Full Marathon (November 5th)
I registered for this race back in April. I’m not quite sure what I was thinking there. A full marathon a little more than a month after my first HIM? Ha. Good one.
I’ve trained for back-to-back marathons before and survived, so I’m going to treat training for this race in the same light. If at any point I don’t feel like I’m ready, then I’ll drop to the half. No big deal. I also don’t plan to run this race with any time intentions. I’m running for fun with my little brother. We’ll push through this together.
Las Vegas Half Marathon (December 4th)
I’m SUPER excited about this one! I haven’t been to Vegas since I was 12 and running the strip at night sounds like the perfect way to re-introduce myself to it.
I’ll be in Vegas that weekend for The Urban Running: Blogger Summit and will be representing Attune Foods throughout the summit – and on race day – with Anne P. Expect us to take nothing seriously on the course and take lots of goofy ‘we’re running Vegas!’ photos. Running while intoxicated may be a possibility. Kidding. Sort of.
Anyone else doing Savannah or Vegas?!
I had a fantastic nacho salad for lunch today.
- Mixed Greens
- Blue Corn Chips
- Black Beans
- Plain Yogurt
I mixed the corn, black beans, and salsa together for the nacho topping. I picked the chips (+dip) out by hand and ate the rest of the salad with a fork.
Good eats, now back to work.
Have a great day!