Thursday, June 12, 2008

Don't Forget

This week, I have officially started my training for the Quad Cities Marathon. My training program is much more challenging this time around, and I am fully counting on logging a PR.

But this weekend? I am skipping my long run of 13 miles. Instead, I am running a 5K. And no, I am not going to just use that 5K as a speed workout. In fact, I plan on turning in what will probably be a Personal Worst for the 5K. I may even take some walk breaks. I could do my long run on Sunday, but I'm not going to.

Saturday is my 11th wedding anniversary. My fabulous, wonderful, supportive, world's greatest running cheerleader husband wants to run Race for the Cure with me to kick off our day of fun. What, am I going to ditch him and race to the finish? No, some things are more important.

Sunday is Father's Day. Steve is such a loving and accomodating husband that he actually said that surely we could spare a few hours for me to get in a run on Sunday. The very fact that he offered that proves to me that he more than deserves a full day of love and attention from me and Jack.

The fact of the matter is, I can go a weekend without a quality run, and I will still be able to finish the marathon - and I suspect, still get my PR.

More importantly, I don't have to do any of this. Running is supposed to be fun; it's not my job. I am not going to win this race, get an age group award, or even qualify for Boston. There are a lot of reasons that I run - stress relief, to challenge myself, to improve my health, to get time to myself, to be able to eat more ice cream, because I love the smell of wet sidewalks on a rainy day...

If I skip a long run to spend a special weekend with my family, I will still get every one of those benefits.

The theme for this week's Take It and Run Thursday is "As you start your marathon (or half marathon) training, don't forget..."

My advice is simple: don't forget why you do this.

14 comments:

Megan Hall said...

Have a great Father's Day run! I bet it won't be a PW - even if the time is slowest, you'll have so much fun it won't matter.

M*J*C said...

Sounds like you have a good weekend ahead of you!

The Happy Runner said...

"don't forget why you do this."

So true.

Have a great weekend and anniversary!

princessfiona911 said...

Happy anniversary and mostly thanks for making me feel better when family stuff delays or stops my long run on Saturdays.

Leah said...

Thanks for the reminder!
I'm thinking of switching to early am (when everyone is sleeping) runs to avoid the 'missing out on time with my family' guilt I build up from evening runs.

Have a great anniversary/fathers day weekend!

DatabaseDiva said...

I ditched my husband at the "Love em or Leave em" 5K on Valentines Day last year. In retrospect, this may not have been a good idea. I also left him at the last marathon we ran together. It was a long, unpleasant walk back to the hotel afterward.

Best wishes on your anniversary!

newsjunkie said...

Awwww that made me cry! And it's just what I needed to hear about my own running, which has hit a bit of a speed bump. But people donate money to Team In Training because I get out on the trails. That's why I run, in memory of my friend Richie.

Happy Anniversary! You and Steve are lucky to have each other.

SJ Goody said...

Great post. I think the same thing!! Its all about being realistic... and maintaining a life and family!

Happy Anniversary!

suzee said...

Happy A Day...have a great time!

Nitmos said...

Absolutely! No point if its not some kind of fun.

Pastor Karl said...

Great post! I appreciate the reminder that "running is supposed to be fun"...I can lose that in the midst of the discipline to keep up a training schedule. And missing a long run won't kill your marathon PR. Having fun on your anniversary is way more important anyway.

Have a great weekend!

*aron* said...

love this post :) have a GREAT weekend!

the weirdgirl said...

Happy Anniversary!

xjvpastor said...

Great advice! I took the weekend off too (i'm a father its ok i kept telling myself anyway, so thinks for the reassurance!)