Letting Go

Sorry for the lack of posts lately.  The little running I’m doing has limited my inspiration to post stuff on running.  Had this blog been titled “Ellipticaller Under Pressure” I’d be posting my freaking fingers off.  I’m getting mighty sick of the Elliptical, mighty sick of it.

Anyways letting go.  This week I let the Philly marathon go.  It’s less than 7 weeks away and I’m running for 30 min every other day with my longest run this Sunday at 45 min and my PF still freakin hurts so Philly ain’t happening.  Ok so it could happen if I absolutely had to run it, but would it be worth it?  I want to race marathons, not just run them.

Got into Boston last week which now that I think about it was totally bloggable, but to me is Boston that big of a deal?  I know writing this I might offend the half dozen readers of this blog, but oh well, like I said what is the big deal about Boston?  Last year when we took the kids on a Disney cruise I started a conversation with a runner who had run 50 marathons and was still trying to qualify for Boston.  And a friend of ours has a brother in law who has flown thousands of  miles to run marathons that are supposed to be a guaranteed Boston qualifier, but didn’t qualify in the end.  To these runners Boston is a pretty big deal, a huge deal really.

Here’s another chance for me to offend people:  I don’t get those people who try and try and try to qualify for Boston but only miss by a few minutes or even seconds.  Isn’t it so impossible to nail a specific time on a crazy race like the marathon?  If you are trying, trying and trying but aren’t getting there wouldn’t it make sense to step back evaluate your training and put a goal significantly lower than Boston so you have room for padding when things don’t go well?

I kind of relate this theory to first time and only one time marathoners.  How can you come close to capturing the experience of a marathon by only running one?  Of the few people I’ve talked to who are interested in running a marathon my thoughts are don’t run one unless you are planning to run at least five.  If you have a great training session and have the best day on your first marathon then great you are lucky.  But don’t most first time marathoners struggle?  Doesn’t the training of the 2nd, 3rd and on marathon seem a little easier/almost normal?  Aren’t bad marathons just as valuable an experience as good ones?  Don’t you feel that struggling/quitting in training, hitting the wall and walking for major chunks of the race, visiting the medical tent, getting injured, etc are just as mandatory a stop/visit on the marathon journey as qualifying for Boston?

One more rant related to Boston.  “Did you qualify for Boston?” or “Have you run Boston?”: these two questions drive me nuts especially when asked by those who don’t run and don’t have the slightest clue about what we put ourselves through training for a marathon.  Maybe this is why qualifying for Boston my first time wasn’t bloggable, because for once Boston isn’t a big deal.

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