A Huge Decision

Hey guys!  Today, I’m kind of thinking out loud in order to think through some things.  I have been going back and forth about this for months now, and today’s the day to figure it out.  What am I talking about?

Marathon training!  I have been doing some soul searching about putting myself through the training for a marathon in April again.  Part of me really wants to do it, but the other part of me just doesn’t want to go through it again.  And I can’t decide which part outweighs the other.  So, I made kind of a pros and cons list to help me decide. 


I really want to do it again because I get excited thinking about crossing that finish line!  I also think about how much fun the race could be.  I really want a do-over from last year.  I want to run it and not be sick, so I can enjoy it.  Plus, my dad is going to do it so we could do it together again!  There are so many things that I would do differently this year if I decide to try it. 


I truly don’t know if my body can physically do it.  Last year I struggled with a bad knee, back pain, and nausea through the last month of training and the race.  I also remember just how tired and worn out I was.  I was so tired that I never wanted to do any cross training or strength training, and a lot of weeks I didn’t.  Towards the end, I was dreading the runs and did not enjoy the training at all.  (A lot of that I would do differently.)  I felt like training took over my life, and I didn’t have time to focus on or enjoy anything else.  I am also worried about training this year because I don’t have a treadmill anymore.  I had one last year so I could still run when the weather was bad.  (Could be an excuse to get a new one!)

Even though the list of cons outweigh the pros, I still think I want to at least try it.  I talked it over with my best friend, and I think I’m going to go ahead and train.  She said that I should at least start it because if I wait until March and decide that I want to do it, it will be too late.  I figure that I can try and if I don’t or can’t get ready for the full marathon, I can at least do the half. 

So….we are doing this again!  And, training starts TODAY!  Well actually tomorrow, Monday’s are rest days.  I think I’m going to use a Hal Higdon plan again.  But I’m not completely sure yet.  I guess I have until tomorrow to decide! 

What are your thoughts about Jeff Galloway’s training plans?  Or what other training plan would you recommend?

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4 thoughts on “A Huge Decision

  1. Meranda@Fairytalesandfitness

    Marathon training is a HUGE commitment so congrats on doing it again. I have used Jeff Galloway’s plan for my first marathon and it worked fine. I did end up injured but I don’t know if it was because of the plan. The second marathon I made up my own plan because I wanted to control my own mileage.

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      Thank you! I’m nervous about it, but excited! I’m still looking at plans. I figure I have a little time to officially pick one.

  2. San

    I think your friend’s suggestions is great… just start the training and see how it goes. If you decide you want to do it, you’re on the best way preparing for the marathon… if you don’t want to do it, you’ll be in good shape to do the half!

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      That’s the plan! I’m excited about seeing how it goes!

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