Marathon Monday: TCM 2014

Y’all, on the list of difficult posts to write, this one doesn’t even make the cut.

I entered the Twin Cities 10 Mile Lottery last week.  If I don’t win a bib via lottery, I will be purchasing one of the bibs where the proceeds go to the Twin Cities in Motion fund.

The marathon is not happening this year.

I know I wrote last week about my heart not being in the training.  Having that burning desire to run 26.2 miles would be helpful, sure.  But training for a marathon isn’t just a finish line thing, it’s an every day thing.  For the one run that is 26.2 miles, the rest of them are not even close.

What it really comes down to is that I do not have the time to train for the marathon right now.

With the amount of free time I have, I am forced to make choices.  Spend time with Marcus?  Or run.  Cook dinner?  Or run.  A lot of the time lately, the answer is Do Thing A and fit in whatever amount of running I can.

Running is important to me, yes.  It is an activity that brings me mental clarity.   It provides me with a small part of my daily routine.  It allows me to maintain my weight loss.  It energizes me.

But it is just a piece of a life that is much bigger.

As I explained the other day, there are times in my life where I have needed to finish the marathon and I couldn’t.  There are times in my life where I didn’t think I would ever be able to finish the marathon and so I did not even think to try.

This is okay for now.

My next project is to go through my 10 mile training logs from 2013 and set out a plan for this year.  I’ll share more about what I’m doing next week.

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4 responses to “Marathon Monday: TCM 2014

  1. Tough choices, but good ones.

    Marathon training is so very consuming at so many levels. I’ve struggled with this for quite a while, being the single source of family income, having work demands, family demands, self-care demands. It’s tough stuff.

    The marathon won’t take care of you when you are sick, Big M will.

    Be at peace

  2. Good for you to know what is right for your body. This surgery recovery has completely changed my perspective on running and “training” and have come to see that running should be fun, not a chore. You said it perfectly. There are times where we need to finish a marathon and times we don’t.

  3. Oh girl, I KNOW this feeling. It’s odd that so many of us have reached this point (you, me, Brady) at the same time. Marathon training takes so much out of you. And sometimes it’s not a possible schedule to maintain. Because life. Happy you have registered for the 10 mile- I did too! Fingers crossed we both get in!

  4. I am sorry you are struggling, but I am secretly glad to be inhabiting this same space with a fellow Runner. Godspeed.

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