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November 12, 2008

A 5-mile debate

Filed under: decisions decisions,movin on,running — by heatherdc @ 11:52 pm

It was like she knew I had been recently wondering the same thing. I got the question today from a fellow intern who also ran the Baltimore Half in October….

“So, have you thought about actually doing a full marathon?”


Yes. And no. No and yes.

I don’t know! I want to do it. I know that eventually I’ll do it, because I know I’ll get bored running the ‘halfs’ for so long. Right? Um, right. It’s just a matter of when. I could sit here and make excuses for days, but I’d rather not. Because there are too many bloggers that I read (and admire) that run marathons like it’s a daily jog and have full-time jobs that are hard and stuff.

My answer to the above question was something along the lines of “Yahhhhh, I want to do one within the next year, it’s just…sort of….you know….”. Then I explained how I’m returning to Pittsburgh at the end of March, to run the same race I did last March. It was my first 13.1 miles, and I want to do it again as a veteran half-er. After which I made the mistake of vocalizing an internal debate I’ve been having …..

This particular race also offers a 30-K, which is ~18.64 mies. I realize that to some (aka marathon-ers), an extra 5 miles at a race doesn’t sound like a lot. To me, it sounds like a lot. But then I think, what a perfect stepping stone between the Half and Full distances. Right? Gah. I know.

Once I said this out loud, of course everybody is all like “Yah! Thats perfect! You should definitely do it. I mean, why not??” Which is exactly what I did Not want needed to hear. Because part of me just wants to do the half, for ‘tradition’ (yup, 2 years counts as tradition), and see if I can beat my time from last year. Then that other part of me is saying crazy things like–Why settle? Why not push yourself and go for the challenge?–and I’m still sitting here debating.

For now, I’m keeping the race website open on my browser to taunt myself into make into a decision.

Advice….would be much appreciated.



  1. Sounds like a good step, really it does! And you know, when I started, I thought “oh, I can run 13 miles, but there’s no way in hell I could ever run double that distance.” Well, funny thing is, just six months later I found myself running my first marathon. I followed my training plan to the letter and the race went great! Bottom line…you can do it!

    Comment by Sassy — November 13, 2008 @ 1:57 am |Reply

  2. It does sound like a good step, but there is something nice about running the same race again and trying to beat your time. But I have no doubt that you would rock at it – you sound like you’re very good at staying on top of your training plan.

    Comment by Megkathleen — November 13, 2008 @ 6:27 pm |Reply

  3. You know what I”m going to day HDC…just do the full. I mean, i never ran a half or a comfortable 5K and just trained for the big event. You can do it! I am actually going to do the tri in July—this week is the end of disasterous eating and lack of exercise! and then the hartford marathon again in October for Shriners Hospital đŸ˜‰

    Comment by L B — November 28, 2008 @ 10:32 am |Reply

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