Monday, February 18, 2013

My 2013 Chicago Marathon decision

Hola everyone - I just got back from Cabo and am in post-vacation catch-up mode.  More about that to come, but first things first.

A year ago at this time, I was anxiously awaiting the registration opening for the 2012 Chicago Marathon.  The morning of, it was hard for me to focus on anything else.  Five minutes prior to the noon opening, I was at my computer repeatedly hitting refresh, my heart pounding in my throat.  Even though there are 45,000 entries to the Chicago Marathon, I was still anxious that something might go wrong, that somehow I wouldn't be able to reserve my spot last year.

One year ago, I was filled with anticipation, determination, and fortitude towards the Chicago Marathon.  I knew that the training and the race would be hard, but I was ready.  Maybe not quite physically, but definitely mentally.

Registration for the 2013 Chicago Marathon opens tomorrow at noon CST.

I've been debating what to do about the 2013 Chicago Marathon for a few months now.  I've been going back and forth and back and forth.  But with registration now upon us, enough was finally enough.  It was time to make my decision.

Tomorrow, I will NOT be registering for the 2013 Chicago Marathon.

There are so many reasons to go for it, and so many reasons not to go for it.  But the biggest reason for this decision is the simplest: 

My heart is not into it this year.

It's funny because I've imagined so many times that my second marathon (whenever it happens) would be easier than my first because I now know so much more what to expect.  But I am also realizing that my second marathon will also be harder than my first because I now know so much more what to expect.  It's a double-edged sword.

When I wrote this post early last month, I was torn but deep down I was already starting to lean in one direction.  I really liked the idea of running the 2013 Chicago Marathon - but I didn't like the idea of preparing for it.  Right now, the thought of undergoing the rigorous training schedule and the enormous time commitments feel more burdensome than anything else.  And this is NOT what the marathon experience is supposed to feel like.

Right now, I am not ready to commit to another marathon.

This might change in a month or two.  If so, there will be plenty of other options.  Or, there is always next year.  But right now, I will be more than happy to focus on other race distances and on building speed.  There's also a world of cross-training, yoga/pilates, and weight-training to challenge me.  In short, I've got plenty there to keep myself busy.

26.2, I will be back for you another day.  Just not on October 13, 2013.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Things I would blog about if I had the time (part deux)

Last August when my schedule was particularly disastrous, I wrote this post about all the things I would blog about if I had the time. 

The time has come for another edition of that post.

Here's what I've got on the brain:
  1. After losing all desire for awhile to run, going through a few days of 60-degree temps that lit a virtual fire under my tush to go running.  Excitedly making a running date with Erin only for a torrential downpour to make us take a raincheck.  (Get it?  A RAIN check?  HAHAHAHAHAHA.  I know, I know, bad joke.  Welp, welp, welp.)
  2. In my desperation to break my 31-day running hiatus, doing the unthinkable.  Getting up at 6 AM in the morning to knock out a couple of miles on the TREADMILL before going to work.  (Usually treadmill + me = welp, welp, welp)
  3. Going for my first "real" run, a 5-mile run in the snow last Sunday.  Getting so lost in my own thoughts that when another runner passed me and said good morning, getting so startled that I nearly jumped out of my skin.
  4. Getting excited about running the Michigan Wine Trail Half Marathon in August (for which registration hasn't even opened yet).  But then, looking into lodging in the area for the weekend and realizing that availability is already EXTREMELY limited.  Sigh.
  5. Winning an Injinji goody package from Maggie!!!  THANK YOU!!!  I can't wait to test out those toe socks.
  6. Still wavering on whether or not to run the 2013 Chicago Marathon, but starting to lean towards not this year.  Debating on whether or not to try to run the Disney Marathon instead, but balking heavily at the 5:30 AM EST starting time.  Who wants to wake up at the equivalent of 1:30 AM CST to run a marathon!?!?!?

And now, for the nonrunning items on my brain:
  1. I cannot begin to express to you how enthralled I am that NHL hockey is back.  Adam and I have the TV set onto either a Hawks game or a Penguins game pretty much every night.  It's been awesome.  And I am SO pumped about my beloved Blackhawks and how well they've been playing. 
  2. Speaking of my beloved Blackhawks, Adam and I went to see them play against the rival Red Wings last Sunday at the United Center.  Incredible, dramatic, inspiring victory!  Never mind that the Chicagoland area was under an ice-storm warning that day.  Yours truly took a tumble on the icy sidewalk that resulted in a bruise on my leg that is literally the size of my fist.  But, a bruise on the leg is a hell of a long way from the heart.  (Extra credit to any of you that recognize that quote!!!)
  3. Finding the supposed recipe for Chris Chelio's chili online.  Balking at making it because I first saw it on a Red Wings website.  But then seeing it elsewhere and deciding to give it a go.  Turns out it's a winner!
Former Hawks defenseman Chris Chelios.  Yay for Cheli's Chili!
OK, so upon further review, most of the nonrunning items on my brain pertain to hockey.  But here's something nonrunning and nonhockey related:
  1. Going to Cabo next week on vacation!!!  This trip has really, really snuck up on me.  Where does the time go!?!?!?

To be continued!