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November 8, 2011

To Run or Not To Run

I am currently in the midst of a running dilemma.

To run or not to run the Philadelphia Marathon!


I signed up last year with the goal of running back to back marathons again but now I have a bit of a conflict. I set my initial marathon sights first and foremost on the Marine Corps Marathon, which I ran a little over a week ago. I told myself that I had to cross the finish line there before I could even begin to think about the Philadelphia Marathon.


The Marine Corps Finish line has come and gone and now its time to decide if I will runny next marathon in Philadelphia this year.


I am torn because I want to run the Philadelphia Marathon – whether it be this year or not, I would like to run it at some point. It’s in my goals to run a marathon in every state and it would be fun to run a Pennsylvania one right outside my door.

But I was in a ton of pain during Marine Corps and I am still not feeling 100% – I don’t want to injure myself further and I feel there is a fine line between pushing yourself and going too far. I also have a family wedding the night before the Philadelphia Marathon. While that wouldn’t be a complete reason not to run, there is a difference between enjoying myself as a guest versus going as a guest who has to run 26.2 miles the next day. Wouldn’t you agree?

I don’t want to spend the next two weeks obsessing over whether I want to run or not but I have been going back and forth with what I want to do. During Marine Corps my thoughts were “There is no way in hell I am doing Philly.” Two days later, when I was feeling better my thoughts changed to, ” I really want to cross that Finish Line in Philly!” Then I saw some family this weekend that would be at the wedding the night before the race and I was leaning towards not running again!

The truth is I want to run it. I love running back to back marathons because you spend so many months training for the big race I feel its a shame for it all to be over in one day – if you can spread out your training so you can run two, why not? I did it last year and I set my marathon PR in NYC! I also don’t want to loose the $$ I spent on my bib it would be a shame for that to go to waste and me not have a medal to add to my collection. But at the same time, I am not sure my heart is in it for this second 26.2 in 3 weeks. I am somewhat sure I could finish the race, but I am not sure I would be able to give it my all, not to mention I don’t want to injure myself.

Part of me just wants to play it by ear and flip a coin on the morning of the race and make a game time decision – to run or not to run – but that would be a little crazy, right? Almost as crazy as running 2 marathons in one month??

I would love to know what you think about my dilemma! Should I run the Philadelphia Marathon or not? Keep pounding the pavement or hang up my marathon sneakers for this running season? Please let me know – I should probably make a decision sometime soon – the race is in 11 days!

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