A Simple Running Log

January 9, 2014

Training for 1/9/14

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 4:27 pm

Today was a day off. I just did strength training yesterday, and I didn’t feel like it was time to give running a try yet.

This morning, the voice of reason, better known to most people as Clark, suggested I drop to the half at Shamrock and stop trying to make the full happen.

I can’t say it hadn’t already crossed my mind. The logical part of me knows I’ve already missed a lot of training and it wouldn’t be such a great idea to jump into the upcoming monster mileage weeks after letting my leg heal. That logical part also remembers what the second half of the Shamrock Marathon was like two years ago, when I got injured during training and hardly ran anything the last month and a half before the race. It sucked.

But the other part of me is stomping its foot (on the right leg, of course, since that one doesn’t hurt) and saying it doesn’t want to drop to the half. I just did that at Indy. This would be two in a row. And I always run the full at Shamrock!

I’ve been bugging some of my other runner friends today to get their opinions. Right now I’m waiting on the decision from Allison’s Magic 8 Ball, even though it was totally wrong when it predicted I would not need to stop in the woods to use the bathroom during the Rehoboth half last month.

Oh wait — I just got the word from the Magic 8 Ball. Allison asked it if I should run the full marathon and it said “Outlook good.” Now we’re doing two out of three… Gah, the other two answers were “It is decidedly so” and “Without a doubt!”

I have to make the decision soon. I can transfer races at any time as long as the one to which I want to move is still open, and the half is about to sell out. This is actually the latest I’ve ever seen it still open; usually it’s sold out before Christmas. Maybe that’s a sign? It’s waiting on me because it knows I’m still a mess and have no business trying to run a full marathon in two months.

Clark also suggested I lay off the full marathon distance for the rest of the year and just focus on half marathons and shorter. I don’t know about that!



  1. Switch to the half; you’ll get to the beer tent sooner! 🙂

    Comment by kafishgirl — January 10, 2014 @ 12:45 pm | Reply

    • Excellent point Kara.

      Comment by Clark — January 10, 2014 @ 3:41 pm | Reply

    • This is very true!

      Comment by aschmid3 — January 10, 2014 @ 4:35 pm | Reply

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