|In remembrance of the 2014 Chicago Marathon lottery
Going into this year, I had no intention of trying to run a marathon in 2015. The thought hadn't even crossed my mind. I knew that the Chicago Marathon would be doing a lottery again this year, but I didn't pay any attention to the details.
Then, a coworker brought up the lottery to me and asked if I was planning to enter. I gave him an emphatic no. But I also joked that I might end up changing my mind on the last day of the lottery.
When I said this, I really was joking. Then later, I started thinking about it more seriously. Maybe I should just go ahead and enter, and then let fate decide???
|More remembrances from the 2014 Chicago Marathon
Why would I want to attempt another marathon?
- I feel much stronger as a runner now than I did in 2012. Over the last few years, I've learned a lot and have made so many improvements to my training, health, and diet. I would love to see the positive impact of those changes when applied to a marathon performance.
- I ran the 2012 Chicago Marathon amidst painful injury. I was happy to have crossed the finish line in one piece, of course. But I know I could have done so much better, even back then. I would really, really love the chance to experience the race on better terms. I want redemption!
- Motivation is lacking. Who has the time or desire to do all of that training? I have a hard enough time just getting motivated to do the 10-12 mile training runs for a half marathon. It is beyond me how I'd work up to 20+ miles to train for a full.
- Bluntly, I am scared. Scared of not being able to succeed. Scared of injury. Scared of dealing with the aftermath. It took me months to regain my joy of running after my first marathon. I don't want to go through that again.
|Why oh why must the starting line always look so tantalizing?
At this very juncture, I do not plan to enter the 2015 Chicago Marathon lottery. With or without the lottery, I have too many doubts clouding the back of my mind right now. In general, I believe that you should truly WANT to run a marathon in order to ensure yourself the greatest chance of success.
But, I do have six weeks to ruminate back and forth, haha. Let the countdown progress...