Tuesday, July 12, 2016

To run... or not to run...

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Medals. Accomplishments. Pride. These are just some of the reasons why I run. Running is one of the few times that I actually feel ALIVE. But I've been into a bit of a rut lately. Not running consistently, eating, and drinking too much leads to... well, nothing good. And it's a cycle. The more runs I miss, the less I feel like running, the more unhealthy choices I am likely to make. 

What's the solution to a running rut? For me, it's signing up for a race. But how ambitious do I want to be? I can't decide whether to run a full marathon or a half marathon. So I am making a list to help me decide.

Reasons to run a full marathon:
  • The rigorous training schedule will force me to run
  • I still did not accomplish my goal to finish in 4 hours
  • There are points during marathon training that I feel great and look great
  • Finishing another marathon feels like a big accomplishment

Reasons NOT to run a full marathon:
  • It's hard!
  • It takes a lot of time
  • There are points during marathon trainging that I feel AWFUL and want to quit
  • Training runs interfere with my family and social life

Reasons to run a half marathon:
  • The training is less intense
  • It doesn't interfere with other aspects of my life
  • It is still an accomplishment
  • The training schedule will still keep me motivated

A half marathon it is!!!!!

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