If there’s one thing I’ve learned during this injury debacle it’s that I should really tame my registration zeal.
You see, prior to spraining my ankle, I went on a run around San Francisco with these lovely ladies:
While cavorting across and around the bridge, I devised a plan with Nicole (green tank!).
At that point, I had gchatted my life away with her but only met her in real life once. But I suppose it was fate because by the end of those 18 miles we already had travel plans together.
After she returned home to SoCal, we exchanged frantic and eager emails about said plan and researched all of our options. Then, it was time to click and make it official:
Prior to the ankle sprain, this was going to be my comeback race. The marathon where I demolished my antiquated marathon PR and where Nicole smashed her PR as well! But with the injury, my plans changed.
I spoke with my coach and my PT, and pending a smooth recovery (fingers crossed!), I will still run the marathon, but it won’t be the PR-shattering race I had imagined. Why? Well, because I still have Ironman on the brain — it’s going to happen this year.
With my proposed Ironman plan, my coach will only allow me to run the full if I “go easy” so it won’t eat up into my recovery time. (Coach Paul says it takes 2-3 weeks to fully recover from a marathon where you really push yourself.) Le sigh…no big comeback race, but hell, AN IRONMAN!
Moral of the story: don’t register for another big race until you’ve completed your first Ironman. Genius.
Who else will be at the Eugene Marathon?
Side note: be sure to check out Marathon-Finder.com. Nicole and her boyfriend actually created it and it’s a super EASY, simple and clear way to research marathons. No clutter, no ads, just filter your info and boom: pick your race!