Erin’s next big race…

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For months, I’ve been waffling on what to do in spring 2014. Do I do another full marathon? Do I not do another full marathon? I’ve gone back and forth on this forever. I did know, if I committed, I’d run the Ottawa Marathon. It’s relatively close to Toronto, and every runner I know sings its praises. And after doing a small race as my first full, I want to give a big race a try.

But I wasn’t sure. My body still isn’t 100 percent. I have other projects on the go and have sacrificed my social life quite a fit for the sake of fitness in 2013. Marathon training is time consuming. I thought about getting an even faster HM PR. That’s a goal that could easily fit into my life.

Then, I had a weekend where I lost my mind. I had no work that needed to get done, no fitness I needed to accomplish, no places I needed to be. It was a weekend to laze about, do nothing and indulge. It was still a productive weekend: I made soap and applesauce and bread, caught up on Nashville, and got a solid amount of reading-for-work done.

I hated it. I need goals. I need to be working towards something, always. I need structure. And I need an obsessive amount of fitness in my weekends in order for me to feel good about them.

So yesterday, I ponied up. I paid the money and emailed the coach. I will be running my second full marathon on May 25, 2014.

And I want to do it in sub 4:00.

(This might be insane. But we have 6 months to determine whether that’s the case.)



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4 thoughts on “Erin’s next big race…

  1. Janet says:

    So exciting!! I am also seriously considering Ottawa – I’ve heard really great things and I would also like to do a bigger race. I just need to decide if I want to travel for it or not…

    Looking forward to following your training 🙂

  2. JK says:

    Um, as someone who is very behind on Nashville, I am very very jealous of that weekend. I love that even your unproductive weekends put most people to shame.

  3. AM says:

    Awesome choice on Ottawa (although I’m biased). I look forward to hearing all about your training and such. Maybe I’ll even see you there 😉


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