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Plus and Minus of making a Decision

Monday, August 26, 2013

A little background before I start. I am motivated by training for races. It's what keeps me going. Unfortunately, I'm not made of money. (You either?) Also, I have a young child and a husband who works 6 days per week. I'm lucky enough that there is an assortment of family members close by for childcare, but you dont want to get the reputation of someone who likes racing more than their own kid.

So this spring when I was looking over the calendar and making my decisions, I set a limiting factor: only one race per month. There were a few that were definitely on my radar and I've been luck enough to do them: Orange County Classic 10K(June), Hudson River Swim (July), West Point Triathlon(August). There was another I lucked into: New Paltz Duathlon (April). (I skipped May). All this summer has been a long distance goal, September's Dutchess County Half Marathon in Poughkeepsie NY. Apparently quite hilly, but timing and location are perfect.

Unless you are me. I have come to acceptance that this is not the year.

I might be chickening out - but I'm going to substitute another September Event. Doglady *raved* about the Irongirls Triathlon in Sandy Hook NJ. I bailed last year pleading teaching, but this year, I dont start until the Monday after. I have family that live an hour from the race site (at least according to Google Maps) which is do-able as far as getting up in the morning and being on-time. After the race, I can come home and relax the rest of the day.

I am thinking that I will still go and WATCH the race. Pick myself a spot at about the 10 mile mark and make a big sign that says "You are beating all the people still on their couches" It will give me a chance to get more familiar with the course and hopefully next year I wont be such a slipshod athlete.

There is a second distant possibility. I have family in Chicago including a cousin who has done a few half marathons. If I can work the schedule and timing, I could go for the flatter courses of Chi-Town. Of course she is much faster than I am, but its about finishing, right?

Pluses of this decision: Pressure is off! New bling! Meet DogLady and her posse!
Minuses: I feel like I have fallen short of myself. I think I could DO the race, but I'm not going to be ready for it. And as often as I say "well, do it anyway!" I just dont think it would be fun. I think I need another year of athleticism under my belt.

I have made my peace with my decision. DH said "yeah, whatever." I'm off to dig out the cell phone and credit card to arrange someone to stay with and money to pay with. (see that? I made a little rhyme.)

FYI - For October's event, I am going to volunteer at the local Marathon. Never volunteered before but having benefited from their presence at a number of races, I think its time that I start to give back.
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    I support your decision to come to NJ for the triathlon. We're going to have fun.
    1627 days ago
  • RAINA413
    You are so smart! Just trust that you know what is best for you. No one knows you better than YOU. Personally, I think you're making a good decision, but in the end you are the one that has to believe it!

    And for the record, you are a TRIATHLETE!!! YOU ROCK!!!

    Don't ever forget how amazing you are!
    1627 days ago
    I don't run many races. Just one every 3 months or so. I run less races and do better at the ones I do run. Have fun.
    1633 days ago
    It sounds like you have a great plan mapped out that will work better for you. Knock 'em dead!
    1635 days ago
    Sounds like you have it figured out. You aren't ditching it all together - just changing the scenery. It is no fun if you don't enjoy it -especially if you want to keep running!
    1635 days ago
    Oh yes, totally agree that you should wait until you feel you are ready - don't want an injury! And you know as well as anyone how much it means to other people to have complete strangers cheering you on as you race! Oh my gosh, that has got to be one of my favorite parts of racing! : )

    You have accomplished so much, already done and achieved so much, don't be so hard on yourself! Racing absolutely is a strong motivator, but by giving it more time in between races, you can really see how much you've improved in your training, don't you think? Or maybe that's just what I use races for - to gauge my improvement. : )

    Go to Chicago - that's where I live and an incredible place to race! : )
    1635 days ago
    No one knows you better than YOU. I think you're making a good decision! Also, you'll have to let me know when you're in IL, so maybe I could make a trip to Chgo to see you too. :) :) :)
    1635 days ago
    Sounds like you've thought it all through. As for volunteering? I might do a bunch more of that, it's such FUN! It's like all the high of crossing the finish line without the training? OK, not QUITE as good as crossing the line yourself, but VERY motivating to get you training for NEXT year, right?

    1635 days ago
    You have done more races than me that's for certain. Whichever you do it will be good.
    1635 days ago
    You know your body, but I will tell you I walked my first half marathon nearly 100# overweight with only walking 2-3 miles at a time...of course, it wasn't all that 'fun', but I felt good finishing in 3:30
    Then, after running a few 5K's with my best time at 36 minutes, I walk/ran a half and finished just under 3 hours-much more fun 'cause I'd made progress...
    You'll know your time...have fun and it sounds like you have had some great races this year! emoticon emoticon
    1635 days ago
    Sounds good - hope you have a great time.
    1635 days ago
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