Last night I registered for the Seattle Rock N Roll Marathon, which is on June 22 — two months after Eugene.
It’s funny how little thought I put into this decision. It all started when I saw a harmless Facebook post about a $20 discount for the race. $20 off? I can’t pass up that deal! I quickly scanned the elevation chart, and before I knew it, I was entering my CC digits and registering for the 2013 Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon.
There is a tiny shred of logic in this decision. Just a teeny tiny shred, but a shred nonetheless. I’m running Eugene on April 28. Eugene is my A race, and Seattle will be a just for fun type of run. One thing I hate about running marathons is that I tend to go from being in great shape on race day to being a lazy sloth a month later. I get lazy during recovery and lose a lot of fitness. By signing up for a marathon two months after Eugene, it will force me to be smart about recovery but also keep up my fitness and not go in sloth-mode.
Makes total sense, right? Just nod your head in agreement.
Yes, Boston is still a priority. And no, this doesn’t really fit into that plan. But Boston is going to take a long time, and if I solely focus on that, I’m going to miss out on a lot of fun things along the way. For 2013, if I want to run a race, I’m going to run it. If I want to be a little stupid and run this marathon two months post Eugene, then I’m going to do it. I’ve been super cautious for the last two years and always followed traditional 16-week training plans. Now that I have more experience, I want to take more chances and open myself up for new experiences. This may lead to epic blow outs and miserable races, but I don’t want my fear of failure to hold me back from doing the things I want to do.
My friends Christina and Alison are also running this marathon! It will be their very first full marathon, and I’m excited to share this experience with them. I hope they love it as much as I do!