Above is a photo of me in the Eugene Marathon. I am in the silver shorts and the purple shirt, on the left side of the photo.
I finished the half marathon in 1 hour, 54 minutes, 45 seconds. For those of you who are unsure how far that is, a half marathon is 13.1 miles. I finished the race without stopping to walk. That Eugene marathon now seems decades ago because I am recovering from a leg injury. I am training for the Canby Dahlia Run, a half marathon, which happens on Saturday August 24th. But as many of you know, my ultimate goal is to run in my first full length marathon… a bucket list item that I started prepping for on September 17th, 2012.
I plan on running in the Seattle Marathon on December 1st of this year, the full marathon. Because the Seattle marathon is my ultimate goal, that means I am now approaching the Canby Dahlia Run with lowered standards. Originally the Canby Dahlia Run was supposed to be part of my training as I geared up to run my first full marathon in Seattle. But with my leg injury I missed a lot of training time. Today I know I could not run a half marathon. I have approximately 6 weeks to train for Canby, but I am not pushing myself because I don’t want to re-injure the leg.
Every time in the past, when I have trained for a marathon, some stupid injury happens and I do not run it. I do not want this muscle injury to be a bucket list “buster.” For that reason I have lowered my goals for the Canby Dahlia Run. My goal is to finish it, without hurting my leg… even if I have to stop and walk. I am not sure I will be in shape to run the whole thing by August 24th. To get my leg healed took nearly two weeks of not running and just resting it 😦
The full Seattle Marathon is my ultimate goal for this year… and running it without stopping to walk.
What are your thoughts?