|One of my favorite pics from the Prairie Fire Half-Marathon|
(because my legs look strong ... ha)
No, I'm not talking about just running any marathon. I'm a firm believer that almost anyone can train to the point of being able to run 26.2 miles, regardless of ability. No friends, I'm talking about trying to run the 2015 Colfax Marathon in Denver next weekend while being out of shape, and borderline injured. It goes against everything I would recommend, and it's definitely against my better judgement. And I'm being 100% honest when I tell you that a DNF would be embarrassing, but not surprise me at all.
Here's why I'm really really really scared about this one. As I've written repeatedly, I've dealt with left hip bursitis all Spring. It had pretty much died down, but is giving me a little tightness and minor soreness after last week's race in Wichita. As well as making my hip a little weaker than normal, the hip inflammation really cut into my marathon training mileage. In fact, in the last month, I've only ran in double digit mileage six times. Six. And since my last marathon in February, my only long runs have have consisted of 16, 18, 20 and 16 miles. That's it.
I usually pride myself in keeping in good enough shape to be able to run a marathon pretty much anytime I want, but with the hip injury, I'm nowhere near that conditioning. I struggled with ten miles this morning. Granted, it was the week after a pretty fast half-marathon, and literally 90% humidity ... but it was only ten miles.
So why am I still going to try to run the race? Eh, mainly because Michael and I had scheduled it around a trip to Denver for our 10 year anniversary. If not for that, and the fact that we're meeting some friends there, I'd probably just cancel it. Plus, I really want to check another State off my map, and I haven't done Colorado yet.
Now I know what you're thinking ... I've doubted myself on marathons in the past, and then "magically" ran a BQ or at least, a good race. But not this time. No way. I'll keep a close monitor on how I'm feeling at the halfway point, and I might be taking the "chicken exit" to the half-marathon. After Denver, I plan on taking about two weeks off from running to get my hip right. But who knows, maybe I'll need longer than that. We'll see. Have a great week!
... Be Great Today!