Running as a Children's Champion was the part that was keeping me from making this decision sooner. I feel like I'm letting anyone that has sponsored me down. There are plenty of Children's Champions that will run the Half instead of the full marathon. But, I asked for sponsors for the full marathon and I apologize to those of you that have donated money and claimed a specific mile. I will assign you new miles and your money is still going to the same FANTASTIC cause. I will just be running the half and cheering on the full marathoners after I finish my portion of the race. (I'm sure my family will secretly be cheering that I'll only be running TWO hours instead of MORE than FOUR hours).
The biggest deciding factor for me is my family. I need to be happy with myself and my life or everyone is miserable. If you know me or if you've been following my blog or following me on twitter for any length of time, you know that for me, family always comes first. I haven't been happy lately. I've been exhausted and partially resentful of my training, which made for an unhappy mom. Since I mostly made up my mind the other day, started getting more sleep and talked everything over with my fantastic hubby the other day, I've been a better mom and a better wife. I tried to do it all, to be Supermom, SuperRunner, SuperWife. Yeah, that just wasn't working for me right now.... Now, I did give myself through my long run yesterday to make my final decision. When a 14 mile run hurt more than it should because I haven't been keeping my mileage up and haven't been doing as much strength and cross-training to support the long runs, I KNEW.
Ragnar Relay in Tennessee is the other big deciding factor. I'm sure I could push myself through a marathon finish. But, chances are, I would end up injured. Our Ragnar Relay is THREE weeks after the Columbus Marathon. I am excited to go try a 200 mile overnight relay and if I pushed through a marathon that I wasn't fully prepared for, I'm sure I would end up injured. No way am I missing out on this crazy adventure with some of my really good friends (not to mention the $$ we've already paid for the weekend!)
Of course I talked to Jeff about my decision and being the wonderful husband that he is, he tells me to do what I need to do, that he and the boys will support me no matter what. And, I had to talk to Jamie (duh! my best running friend, how could I not run this past her?!), too. After we talked a while, I sent her an email, too and this is what I get from her "There is absolutely no reason for you to feel bad for not wanting to run 26.2. That is a ridiculous number of miles to do just because you can." Yeah, that helped! :) Thanks, Jeff & Jamie!
While training for Cleveland Marathon in early spring, I told Jamie I wanted to concentrate on shorter distances. I didn't have the desire to run another marathon, to go through the long training miles. She does. She continuously tells me that she enjoys the long training runs. I prefer 10 miles. 13.1 is ok too. I'll even go up to 15 or 16. Other than that. No, no real desire. (So why in the world did I sign up for another marathon?! sheesh!) The Half Marathon distance is my FAVORITE race distance and I am excited to be running the Columbus Half Marathon. That tells me something right there!
I know I made the right decision for my family. It may not be the most popular decision amongst the running community, but I am a mom first, runner second; and I am HAPPY with my decision.
Have you ever changed a race registration to a shorter distance for any reason other than injury?