In less than 2 weeks, I should be lining up at the start line for what would have been my 10th marathon. I was having probably one of the best training cycles I had for quite some time. I was seeing paces that I had not seen in some time. I was really putting some focus on my strength and core work as well. For once, I think I was really approaching that training cycle from the overall approach and not just how many miles a week I could throw down. In fact, I was actually running less miles and seeing much better results.
Then surgery happened and since that day, I have been clawing my way out of this funk. The past 6 weeks certainly were not in the original plan that I saw for myself this past spring. No one plans to have an emergency surgery followed then by a bout of bronchitis. But that has been the path I was given instead of continuing on with my marathon training. I am often one of those people that says everything happens for a reason, but this time, I am still trying to figure out what that reason is. Maybe in time it will show itself to me, but as of now, I am still waiting to find out.
So instead of lining up for my 10th marathon, I will be now be a part of my work’s relay team. One of my coworkers decided not to run and since I was planning to run already, she asked me to run the first leg. This works out great as I get to help the team out and snag another medal.
The big debate though is do I run the half marathon or just complete the relay leg with my work team? Before the deadline to transfer and switch races, I officially did make the switch from the full to the half. I didn’t want to show up wearing a green bib and turn left at the split instead of going around the full course. Now, I am debating if I continue on to the half marathon from the relay. I know I can do it since I just ran the Heritage Half just about two weeks ago, but I feel like it’s second best and that is hard to swallow right now.
I have a feeling I will be stubborn and push through the half, but knowing this wasn’t the plan, will make it a little harder. While I might not be a competitive runner, this is still a sport I have come to love and when it doesn’t pan out to the way you expected it, it’s a tough pill to swallow.
The crazy thing though there seems to be some type of curse with Pittsburgh. This will be the 7th time I run Pittsburgh in some fashion and every year something happens before the race and the race is never what I have played it out to be in my head. Maybe next year Pittsburgh will be the year for me. Just maybe one year I will go into Pittsburgh and things will go as planned. Until then, I just have to take the path that has been given to me. It might not be the original one, but I am going to do my best to make the most of it.
What would you do in this situation? Still run the half marathon or just run the relay?