Where did the summer go? The kids are going back to school. It's getting dark earlier in the eveing. Seems like the March Madness half marathon in mid-march was just a few weeks ago. But I look at the calendar, and realize I've run several half marathons since March, and it's getting close to some of those fall races already.
In fact, today, I covered a news conference about the economic impact of the Chicago marathon on the city. They claim the race brings in an overall amount of more than a quarter billion dollars. That was significant. But what got my attention even more was when race director Carey Pinkowski pointed out that there are just 51 days left before race day.
For someone who has not started training for the race, that's really a problem! Training for the marathon, of course, requires a little planning, discipline, and commitment. Not to mention time. It's now on the backside of August, and I've not yet planned anything, have shown no discipline in my training, and have yet to commit to running a full 26.2 miles this fall.
I sprinkled this entry with a few pictures from races so far this year, and am reminded that we've already run quite a bit this year in call kinds of conditions. But fall is usually the best time of the year for many of us. For me, that goes back to cross-country season in school. The leaves are turning, the air is crisp, and the temperatures make you feel like you could run all day. But that requires training.
Suffice to say, time is running out. It's still possible, I believe, to increase my mileage to the necessary level to get ready for the Chicago Marathon. The key word is possible. And it's definitely realistic that I could be ready for the Naperville marathon in November.
But (there's always a 'but') I haven't yet felt the urge or desire to commit the time and effort necessary to put in the miles, and the time, it takes. And without the will, as the saying goes, there's no way.
In this case, I've also been bugged all year by nagging injuries. I'm calling my current pain the 'travelling injury'. It seems I get a pain in my knee, or abdomen, or heel, for a couple weeks. I'm just about to the point of having a Doctor look at it, when it goes away and a new pain pops up in a different place.
The current pain is in my heel, which was so badly inflamed from my run over the weekend, that I've had to take a few days off. I'm not sure if my body is really excited about increasing mileage to train for a full marathon in a couple months.
I'm not sure how many others among you are in this position. Most have probably signed up for fall races months ago. I have done that, though I haven't necessarily committed to running those races. And most of you are probably a bit more disciplined than me!
So I guess now is the time to decide. Of course, if I don't decide, that is really a decision in itself not to run a marathon! I'll keep you posted.
See you on the roads.......