Pro Marathon Attempt:
- I already dropped the $170 on the race so why not have fun just trying to cross the finish line?
- If I at least walk/crawl to the finish line, I get a medal, and those medals are worth money, maybe even $100, which along with hawking my t-shirt would recoup most of my money!
- I may get interviewed for the Chicago Tribune's marathon edition, and of course I wouldn't want to be featured in the newspaper and end up not running the race!
- My doctor, after a two minute examination yesterday, gave me clearance, despite my symptoms
- Maybe the current state of my ankle and foot is just how it is going to feel forever, so why not get on with the running?
- It's not just any marathon, it's the Chicago Friggin' Marathon.
- The Chicago Friggin' Marathon will likely go to a lottery selection system next year, so it may be my last chance to run it, at least for a few years.
- Everyone else is doing it.
- I could use a run, oh yes, I could really use a run!
|Me at the start of the 2012 Chicago marathon (Yellow Hat at tip of arrow)|
- The $170 spent is already spent no matter if I run or not
- I could do further damage to whatever is causing my leg issue (even though my doc gave me clearance), thus throwing my fall/winter training in jeopardy
- If I over-train and then run a semi-fast marathon, it may take me maybe a couple of months to fully recover, thus setting my training back for a potential fast Spring marathon
- I've only got about seven weeks left to train and thus, it won't be a pretty marathon. Likely it will be just a slog. If it's hot that day, it will be a death march.
- If I simply rest for the next 8 to 10 weeks, I may feel a lot better heading into the magical fall/winter running season
- It's only a race, just focus on getting better
I have been patiently waiting for my legs to "unwind", hoping that this would put less pressure on my leg nerve and stop the tingling feeling. However, my dogs don't ever seem to want to relax. They still feel "battle-hardened" and tight. This is probably from all of the abuse I gave them earlier this year. In fact, I bet they could handle the punishment of a half marathon right now, that's how tight they feel. If I play my cards right in seven weeks I could probably get them to handle 20 miles. If I throw in 6.2 miles of walking, I should at least be able to cross the finish line in one piece. But will it be worth it?
|2012 - Pre Race|
So do the pros outweigh the cons?