Remember when I said I wasn’t sure if I was going to run a race this year? I finally made my decision and have decided NOT to run a half marathon or marathon this summer or fall.
It wasn’t an easy decision to make. I’ve run a half marathon or marathon every year for the past 5 years. I feel a little bit like I’m breaking a streak but it’s for a good reason. With our wedding in early November I expect that I’ll be in the height of wedding planning in October. And between now and then, we have a lot going on in life! I really want to enjoy this time in my life. I don’t want to be so busy that I’m ready for it to be over so I can relax.
See, I’ve tried and tried to run a race for fun. I’ve tried to not worry about times and pace and my personal bests but every time I end up stressing out about my race. I’m a competitor, it’s who I am. I want to beat my PR every time and if I don’t I want to know I gave it my all and made every effort to do so. If I know there is a finish line in sight, the competitor in me comes out in full force.
I know I could probably manage training and wedding planning if I really wanted to but I also have this knack for thinking I’m superwoman. I think I can do it all and balance it all easily. But then I get in the middle of it all and I get stressed out, overwhelmed, tried and ready for it all to be over. So rather than live in denial and think I can do it all, I’m being proactive and setting myself up for success.
Running has been really fun and relaxing lately. I’m excited that it will continue to be that for me and won’t add to the stress of my life or wedding planning. I love knowing that it will help keep me calm and healthy in preparation for our wedding!
So that friends, is why I won’t be running a half marathon or marathon in 2014.