Quandry: Peachtree Road Race
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Okay...so tomorrow (really, later today as I'm writing this on Saturday night) is sign-up day for the Peachtree Road Race, which is the largest race in Atlanta and probably one of the largest 10Ks in the country.
It is held on July 4.
Now, I only started walking/jogging on January 1 after walking for a couple of months. I am not running anywhere near 6.2 miles at a pop right now - I can run for about 20 min straight and run some more after a min or two walking break. But the Peachtree (if I ran the entire length of it) would require me to run for about 1 hour - probably longer given my current condition.
I wasn't planning on running in it - I ran it the first summer I was in Atlanta (before my doc made me stop running) but not since. I'd have over 3 months to train for it, and I guess I could walk if I needed to, even then. I've never walked in a race before, but I know that there are flat-out walkers who do these races all the time.
It costs $33 to sign up, and given my impending unemployment, if I spend the money, I NEED to make good and do the thing. But who knows? Maybe with all the bad stuff going on, it might do me good to have another goal to think about besides 'get another job as soon as possible'.
However, July is a tough running month as it's hot as heck here then, and I don't do heat very well at all. But then, as I said earlier, I COULD walk. Now, I must confess that I'm not very good at 'giving in to myself' which is what I would consider walking to be. To me, giving in and walking would be less about needing to walk and more about showing a lack of mental toughness. And knowing me, I'd try to tough it out and keep jogging no matter what. Which I'm not sure is advisable.
Meh. I don't know what to do.