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May 4th, 2013, 02:19 PM
nurselochia's Avatar Marathon running mom of 4
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Because I'm sorta/kinda considering running another marathon on May 19th and I really need someone to talk sense into me! I initially looked at the 25K, which would be just fine...but then I saw there is a marathon option and it got me thinking, maybe I could run that instead (looney tunes! )

Here are a few reasons why I shouldn't:
1. I work weekends. This is the biggest reason. I work every Sat/Sun night, 12 hours. It's a Sunday race and I plan on finding someone to switch me Sat for Friday. That way I could run that Sunday morning because I'll be off on Saturday. The problem is I'll have to work Sunday night...12 hour nightshift. and I struggled getting through the night after the marathon a week ago, but I did it. the 25K would be just fine for me to run that morning and be just fine for work that night.

2. It's less than a month from my last marathon and while I feel great right now, I've heard stories from other people about their attempts at a second marathon so soon after the first, and they struggled a bit and didn't do as well as they thought they would because they weren't really fully recovered.

3. May is supposed to be my month off training.

I need to get it out of my head because it's not a good idea, logic says no way, but once I get an idea in my head, it's hard for me to resist the temptation. Especially because last weekend, I didn't really feel like it was my race. Well, it wasn't, I stayed with my friend who was struggling. This would give me a chance to see what I can do. *sigh*
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May 4th, 2013, 04:28 PM
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Oh, Jaime, I'd be tempted too! But it sounds like you already know this is probably a bad idea. If you run the marathon, it probably wouldn't be a fair opportunity to "see what you can do". You have a marathon later in the season planned for that, right? But if you really want to do it and if you can avoid injury, why not go for it? IDK, it's a tough decision.
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May 4th, 2013, 05:26 PM
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I'm sure you'll make the right decision for you at this point in time, whichever option you chose. Let us know!
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May 5th, 2013, 06:23 AM
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I've kinda come to my senses lol. Honestly though, the only thing keeping me from running the marathon is that 12 hours shift to follow that night. If I could get out of that, and I can't...weekend option agreement...then I'd sign up. That and there are only 2 other labor nurses that could switch days, so I might not even be able to do the 25K. It was a weak moment, and after getting to work last night and remembering that a lap around my unit is 1/10 of a mile, and that I spend all shift walking, squatting, etc...it can't happen And 15.5 miles is a not a short distance, and doable without discomfort and a recovery period
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May 6th, 2013, 12:04 PM
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I'm glad you sorted everything out. I think marathoning can get addictive and you have to decide to which ones you can handle doing.
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May 7th, 2013, 04:19 PM
nurselochia's Avatar Marathon running mom of 4
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It is addicting, and it seems so strange that it is because it's not an easy thing to do and it's painful to be quite honest. But I love a challenge, and the feeling of finishing is great! It is tough on the body and I'll never be one of those crazy people who run a marathon every weekend. But I do need to let my body heal and recover and to give it a break. And I just can't fathom another recovery and walking down stairs backwards, not being able to move without discomfort right now.
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