Thursday, July 26, 2007

I quit...and will take an extra helping of crow

I'd like to officially announce that I am quitting My Marathon. I am dropping out (lame, I know), but my heart is just not in it this year. There are many reasons why I'm choosing to quit, some of which are:
  1. The Move. I have been so busy repainting, dealing with contractors, unpacking, and getting acquainted with my new area that I have had little time for anything else. I still have been running, but the long runs have been weighing on my mind, occupying space that is normally concerned with important things like whether or not I should grow out my bangs or if Lindsay is ever going to stay out of jail. Let's just say that the added stress of worrying about the marathon was becoming a burden.

  2. The Heat. Oh good heavens, the heat. When I ran The Marathon in 2004, I lived in Boston and trained all through the summer. Sure, there were a few days that were hot and sticky, but here? It's hot and sticky EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. I get up at five in the morning and it's already like 84 degrees with muggy, sticky, humid air sucking the life out of you. It has KILLED me to run outside. I consider myself a pretty seasoned runner, but I've never ran in heat and humidity like this. Two years ago, I could run 18 miles, come home and rehydrate, and be ready to go for the day. I did six miles here two Saturdays in a row and had to sleep for four hours in the middle of the day when I got home. I just felt physically sick after my runs, and I've always felt great afterwards.

  3. The Time Factor. Truth be told, I'm feeling a little selfish with my time lately. I feel like our summer has been cut short this year and I want to enjoy every last bit of it. My kids really got gypped out of a good summer vacation, and I want to make the most of the time we've got left.

  4. The Mental Game. It's just not there. Much as I'd like to fight my way across the finish line, side-by-side with my brothers (or slightly ahead of them, hee hee), I'm just not feelin' the race this year. I don't have the slightest desire to do it. Those of you that have done one know that at least 50 percent of running a marathon is mental. You have to at least want to do it. Which I just don't.

  5. The Laziness. I'll call a spade a spade, my friends. I am just plain feeling lazy this year. I'd rather sleep in a little bit, get up and do a quick 40 minutes on the treadmill every day (while watching Sopranos reruns or some other first-rate TIVO'd goodie) and be done. Three hour runs on a Saturday? Yeah, just not where my heart lies this year.

So hats off, Dan and Matt, for sticking it out. I have no doubt that you'll get a much faster time without me holding you back. I'll be cheering from afar and be thinking of you every Saturday morning when I wake up at 10 and eat myself a big stack of pancakes. You're much better men than I.

12 comments:

Annie said...

Well, come sit next to me here on the lazy bench, friend! It's lots of fun + we get to eat brownies :).

Seriously, your day will come around again (if you want). You're wise to recognize what's going on in your life and heart and make adjustments.

Holly said...

While I'm sad to hear the news, I can completely understand. I think sooo much of a marathon is mental and then it takes time to physically prepare--and it's stinkin' HOT!!

One year we should pick a race, maybe even a Half, and meet up--though I'd be trailing behind in your dust!

Stie: My Favorite Things said...

You're on, Holly. And good luck with your race, sister!

Kimberly and Devon said...

Now that you have the time to think about it...what is your take on the whole Lindsay Lohan thing? That poor girl! Anyway, I am so impressed that you stuck it out for this long. Running is hard enough...I can't imagine doing it in such heat and humidity. You need a vacation!

Amanda said...

I don't blame you for not wanting to do a marathon this year...it has been a big year for you! Maybe next year, right?!

DanandCindy said...

Tell Lindsay that rehab is for quitters!!!

girlymama said...

Sadly, I have decided not to run a marathon this year either. So, I completely understand.

:-P

Sounds like a good choice!! I can't believe that you were even finding time to train at all!!

gab said...

Way to go, Sis! Moving cross country twice in one year counts as a major marathon in my book anyway...

Nice3 said...

I am just running for the carb bars. P.S. I love Paris

This is really My girl's blog I just butted in.

Matt

marta said...

good for you, stie. sometimes the best things come to those who slow their pace.

you won't lose my respect! with the new house, the big move, already so organized, your flexibility, cheerfulness.. i still think you are wonder woman.

you go girl. you don't need no marathon to prove that you've got it.

DanandCindy said...

Good for you... Way to go...

I can't believe how all of your friends/fans are congratulating you for quitting. Maybe you should look into surrounding yourself with people who will tell you what they are really thinking...

Diane said...

I hear the heat and humidity are worse where you are than here in middle Tennessee, but I can't imagine running in this weather. It wouldn't matter if it were 4 a.m., it would still be too muggy and hot to run. I'm with Gab...what you've done this year has got to equal running a marathon! Go Matt and Dan!!!