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Thursday, April 9, 2015

And my decision is...

Hey friends!

  If you follow me on social media, you've seen already, I have decided to switch to the Carmel half marathon, instead of the full.
 Honestly, I was hoping to not have to decide until I was actually running, and then see how I feel. And at that time if I didn't think I could do the full, I could turn off with the other halfer's.
 But then I found out if I did that I would be disqualified.
So I had to make a decision, and I had to make it now.
I am really disappointed.
I want to always move forward with my running, my training, even my life. But instead I feel like I've just gone backwards in so many areas.
 I mean a year ago I was training for a 100 miler!

I know this is the right decision. I'm not ready for 26.2 physically or mentally. I know this is the smart thing to do. But it still sucks.

I WILL run a marathon again. Maybe this Fall.
Even though a marathon is pure torture, it was one of the best things I've ever done. 4 times.
So I have no doubt I will do it again, just not yet.

In the meantime, I'm going to try like heck to PR this half. If this race goes anything like my 10 mile race a few weeks ago, I can do it.

Thank you all for your encouragement and support as I've been trying to figure this thing out.

katie


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  1. Awe, I'm sorry Katie. I know that was a really tough decision to make. Go kick some ass at the half though! A PR sounds great!

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  2. I am sure you made the right call. It is tough but I hope you will really enjoy the half!!

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  3. Hang in there. It's never easy to have to regress and it hits right in the psyche.

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    1. Yes it does. I am positive I will do another full though, so that makes me feel a little better!

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  4. Katie, I definitely do not see this as a step backward; if anything, you're making progress by understanding what it means to take care of yourself and your body! Go out and enjoy the race; there will always be another marathon to train for and you should do it when you're ready! Kudos to you, girl! YOU ROCK!

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  5. I'd write this place & let them know I don't like they put the word "downgrade"... that's a stupid use of a word when you're talking about still doing 13.1 miles...
    I'm proud of you making the smart choice!!!! You're going to now ENJOY the race & do awesome!!!

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  6. Katie, this is a "re-group" process. You are listening to your body and going with your gut. Now get that Half done girlfriend!

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    1. That's exactly right. I'm sure I would regret it if I went through with the full, and was miserable. Thanks chick!

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  7. I agree with Rebecca Jo - I'd seriously let them know maybe they should consider saying something like "switch" or "transfer" to the half, not "downgrade"! I know you're disappointed, but try not to look at it in that light. I've switched from a full to a half before and honestly, it felt so freeing knowing that instead of pushing myself to a distance I wasn't sure I could or wanted to handle, I could go out and kick ass at a comparatively shorter distance. And that's exactly what I did ;) Now go crush that half!

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  8. I'm sorry you had to make the decision you weren't totally ready to make, but I really don't think you should see this as a step back. Just because you're not constantly upping your distance doesn't mean you're not making progress! If that were the case, everyone who ran a marathon would have to run ultras for the rest of their lives! I think you really made the right choice and can take this opportunity to run a GREAT half, which, in my opinion, is way better than running a mediocre (or worse, painful or ending-in-injury) full marathon. Have fun with it!

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  9. I am so sorry you had to make this decision.
    I have to say that with all these injuries over and over again you made need to do what I did and decide to take a marathon break. It sucked at first and I hated it.
    My last marathon was Feb. 2014 and my next one wont be until Oct/Nov 2016 so I will have taken two full years off before I start marathon training again.
    At first I was pissed. However, the I really started to change my focus - number one goal - run injury free.
    I hired a coach to help me (she is amazing and cheap) and took a few months just to get healthy. It was so frustrating, but a year after my last marathon I am seeing such amazing differences. I am running paces I haven't run in 4-5 years and am now excited to focus on the half and try to really speed up and get a half PR before I take on the monster that is the full again. You might want to think about a new goal, put the marathon on hold for a bit and make goal number one to be able to run healthy and injury free.

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  10. I think it was the right decision. It stinks to have to make it, but it will probably be better in the long run. Good luck! Have fun!

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  11. I'm sorry. I know it is disappointing, but at least deciding ahead of time means you can make a plan to run the best half you've got in you right now. Good luck and have fun!

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    1. Yes, that is definitely my plan! Thanks Jessica!

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  12. As disappointing as this may feel, it's a good thing that you know your body so well to be able to make such a choice. Good luck with the half!!!

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    1. I really do feel like it's the right choice too, although very disappointing! Thanks Annette.

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