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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.
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  • IBASE1
    A LOT of people walk all or most of the race. From a objective standpoint, you know you can't run that far so, walking most of it and running some will be a great accomplishment. Go for it and take it easy.
    4148 days ago
  • STILLFLYIN
    I'm with DARKTHOR. If you know you will almost kill yourself instead of being rational, you might should make another goal. It is still your decision, though.
    4149 days ago
  • AKSTACEY70
    I agree with MONETRUBY, it's a great goal to set and what other better way to put it on paper than by signing up, but remember that the goal is to finish and that if you don't run the entire race, that's all right.

    I don't think you'll regret doing it.

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    4149 days ago
  • MONETRUBY
    My two cents: sign up. Having a goal to work toward gives a sense of purpose to whatever you do.

    My other two cents: don't sweat it if you don't run the whole thing. It's gonna be hot, it's a longer distance than you've run for quite a while. It's okay if you do a walk/run thing. You'll still have accomplished a goal, and you'll get that cool t-shirt!

    So, those are my four cents worth. Just be happy with whatever choice you make!
    4149 days ago
  • DARKTHOR
    For me this decision would come down to whether I wanted to put up with July 4th heat in Atlanta while running 6.2 miles. That sounds a little like torture, but is it worth it to you? That's what you need to decide. A goal to work towards is great, but you can always decide to work towards another goal.
    4149 days ago
  • DARKTHOR
    For me this decision would come down to whether I wanted to put up with July 4th heat in Atlanta while running 6.2 miles. That sounds a little like torture, but is it worth it to you? That's what you need to decide. A goal to work towards is great, but you can always decide to work towards another goal.
    4149 days ago
  • CRZYRUNRGRL
    If it where me I would go for it, but then again I'm stubborn :) run it then best you can and have fun!

    4149 days ago
  • MINDFULME2017
    That is a quandry. I think you will make the right decision :)
    4149 days ago
  • no profile photo SHANNONSTILLS
    Go for it. It will give you something positive to look forward to and a goal that is in your control that you can accomplish VERY POSITIVE!
    4149 days ago
  • DONNAEDA
    you know what is best for you. Don't look for any excuses why you can't find reason why you should. Good luck
    4149 days ago
  • DEBRA_T
    I finished your entry thinking you did not want to do it but thought you SHOULD -- I wonder about that. Good luck with your decision.
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    4149 days ago
  • CAROL-
    As long as you have a financial plan in place for the 'what if's' in you employment situation, I would move forward with the challenge and consider what DS9ke suggests about mentally preparing for a walk/run. Giver yourself permission to get out and do your best. If you best includes walking - that's ok. It's part of your plan.

    I am certain you will come up with a plan that will work best for you.

    -Carol
    GA team leader
    4149 days ago
  • DS9KIE
    Well I know nothing about this stuff, but couldn't you walk and run. Just like what your doing now but longer. Just a thought.
    4149 days ago
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