Sometimes what we “should” do and what we “want” to do – are very different things. I am currently trying to decide if I should Defer my entry to the Marine Corps Marathon. I have not been able to run in 5 weeks due to injury and hope to try a short run this weekend. The Marathon is in 36 days, 17 hours and 47 minutes.
My first question is CAN I do it? I don’t know the answer to this. One idea I have is to start running as I physically can – and base my decision on one thing. Can I do 20 miles before the marathon? If I can manage to run 20 miles 2-4 weeks before the marathon, then I should be able to complete it. This keeps me “Safe” as far as being able to defer (must be done 10 days before the Marathon) and/or cancelling my hotel reservations (a week before).
I know what I SHOULD do. Ideally – I should take my time and start running short distances slowly working my way up – forgetting about a marathon until next year.
I know what I WANT to do – I want to “live a dream” and run (and complete) the Marine Corps Marathon.
I don’t know what I WILL do.