Having only been consistently active for about 2 years, I'm really big on setting event goals (keep in mind, prior to "consistently active" was "pack-a-day smoker with a bad caffeine habit"). This year I discovered triathlon, and did a few sprint distances, culminating in my Very Proud Achievement, my first Olympic distance. I muddled through the swimming, was decent on the bike, but my run remains a weakness for me. And I'm SLOW. Like I read articles and when they talk about "beginner runners" they reference their pace being around 10-11 minutes a mile, and I go "hey, I should be way faster by now." So I decided I wanted to strengthen my run.
I embarked on this endeavor by deciding to undertake two half-marathons: the Outback Distance Classic on Thanksgiving Day and the Donna Half-Marathon on February 12, 2011. Next year, I decided, would be the year I ran a marathon, but I would do these two half distances first. However, now I'm thinking, maybe I'll do the Donna FULL Marathon rather than the half. It's supposed to be a great race, fan support is huge, it's volunteered at and undertaken by an enormous about of people in my city and beyond, family and friends could come cheer me on.
So I guess I'm just debating if I'm ready. I think about it and the idea of the challenge is wonderful and I read all these blogs from a lot of you and your experiences with running your first (or 15th) marathon, and love the idea of it, the challenge of it. Then I think about the distance and sort of feel a little pale. So I guess I'm just on the fence. If I'm going to run a marathon locally (and after the amount of money I realized an out-of-town event takes after my last one) this is without a doubt the one to do. And if I hit half-marathon distance by late November, that should more than put me on track for a February 12 marathon. I may have spent some of my lunch break yesterday looking at Runnersworld and Active.com for articles on training for a marathon and how to know if you're ready.
To run or not to run. I'm just not sure.