If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that I signed up to run the Athleta Iron Girl Half Marathon this Sunday. I signed up right around the time I ran my first half marathon and looked forward to tackling a tough course and hopefully setting a new PR.
Fast forward two and a half months.
Here I am, the Friday before the race. And I’ve had to make a tough decision.
I won’t be racing on Sunday.
I know this may not be the most popular or inspiring decision, but it’s the right decision for me. Why?
Because I am seriously undertrained for this race.
I’ve mentioned before that my long runs haven’t been so long lately. I haven’t stuck to a training plan. Unlike training for the Rock n Roll Half Marathon, where my discipline would not have been better, I have struggled to stay focused on a plan. So much so that my longest run in the past two months is 6.5 miles – once. I’ve been running a maximum of two days a week for the past few weeks – and averaging only about 6-8 miles total per week. That is clearly not enough.
Yes, I know I could still do the race. And trust me, I’ve really thought about it.
But when I got really honest with myself, I had to ask why I would be running the race. And to be quite honest? It would be simply to please all of you, my readers. It would be to save face – it would not be because it was a smart decision.
Because I really don’t think it would be.
I think back over my two half marathons and they took every ounce of my being to complete. I crossed the finish line of both of them with my hips extremely tight and sore. I can’t even imagine how sore I would feel crossing the finish line of a tough, bridge-filled course without enough training.
I simply cannot imagine a scenario where it would end well. Where it would end without me being injured.
I know some will say, “Just walk it!” But do you have any idea how hard it is to walk 13.1 miles? In some ways, walking that far seems even more daunting than running it. Walking uses different muscles and different movements.
No, I think it’s best to sit this one out. And instead of focusing on what I’m missing, focus instead on what I’m gaining. I’m gaining a fresh start on “getting my awesomeness back” – without the wear and tear of a race my body isn’t ready to run.
I know it may not be the most popular decision, but it’s the right decision for me. I’m at peace with it.
But I am going to be really jealous of everyone taking this sweet medal home on Sunday.
Best of luck to all my friends running the Iron Girl – you are going to rock it!
Have you ever decided to not run a race because you were undertrained?