Announcement: Twin Cities Marathon 2009

I’m officially announcing my registration to run the Twin Cities Marathon this October. I’ve been intending to run another marathon for several years but have been too afraid of failure to register. But the time has come for me to admit to myself that I’m not nearly as fast as I used to be – that this will not be a personal best time for me – and that it’s ok to admit I’m out of shape again.  I’m going to run it anyway.
You see, I discovered the joys of running during the summer of 2003 and quickly discovered that I was actually a pretty decent runner.  I ran my first timed event on 21 April 2004 – the Salt Lake City Marathon with a chip time of 3:03:43.  For several reasons, the competition was pretty sparse at this marathon, so my time was good enough to earn me 3rd place in my age division.  
It felt great!  I was actually pretty shocked at my time.  I had never timed myself until less than a week before the Marathon, so I was tossing around an ill-informed goal time of 3:30:00.  While I was standing at the starting line, I saw the pace runner holding the 3:30:00 sign and I made a commitment to myself to keep up with him.  So when I finished a whole 27 minues ahead of him, I was ecstatic!
Four years later, however, my zeal for running has waned, my sweettooth and love of greasy burgers has returned, and I’m finding myself a full 25 lbs. heavier than I was on race day in 2004.  And it feels lousy.  Really lousy.  Most of my wardrobe is now unwearable because I don’t fit in it anymore, and what were formerly my “fat pants” are now my “skinny pants.”  Everything else makes me look and feel like the attack of the muffin-top.  I’ve wanted to register for marathons in both 2006 and 2007, but I’ve known that I wouldn’t beat my original time.  And somehow, not living up to my original time made me feel like a failure – enough so that I didn’t even want to try.  I kept thinking that if I could just train a little harder, I’d get back in shape, THEN register and beat my time. Then I’d never have to admit to myself that I was out of shape again.
But it’s time for me to admit to myself (and the world, apparently) that I’m no longer in shape.  I’m no longer capable of a 3:03 marathon, and it’s not even appropriate to use the title “runner” to describe myself since I do so little running anymore.  But I’m going to run it anyway.
I’m recommitting myself to jogging 6 days a week beetween now and race day (other than the 2 weeks I’ll be cycling in Europe).  I’ll give myself a training crash course, go on a diet, and I’m setting yet another ill-informed goal time of 3:30:00.  Wish me luck, faithful readers, I’ll need it.

10 comments to Announcement: Twin Cities Marathon 2009

  • Tara

    You will do great! I used FIRST training for the marathon a couple of years ago & really liked it because it emphasizes 3 key runs a week followed up w/cross training of some sort (since you bike so much it might work w/your lifestyle). I think that I need to go on a diet too, (Bryce has cut all sweets & I just haven't been ready to do that). If you want to do a half before then let me know or even if you want a buddy for a long run & I'll follow you (I would say run w/you, but we both know that you are way faster! Plus, it was always nice knowing someone was running too on the long ones even if we weren't the same speed.)

  • Tara, thanks for the support.

  • I keep think that I should do a marathon one of these days. But that would mean I'd have to put the knitting down and go running. Some day…

    Funny, I've been thinking about the extra couple of pounds I've put on, but I love desserts too much, especially with POTMC. I guess I just need to learn moderation.

    You'll do great with your marathon. It'll be more than most of us would be able to do.

  • Way to go Reuben! That is a big step…signing up for it. I have been wanting to run it for many years now but I am afraid to sign up. I have many of the same fears for not signing up as you…although, I never ran a 3:03 marathon. I am definitely not as fast as I use to be. Which is why, I like to do races that I dress in costumes or there is some other reason for me not preforming as well as I use to. Good luck with the training and everything!

  • Ben, Jules, thanks for the support. I've been toying with the idea of not eating pie at POTMC, but it just seems like such a bad idea. I'm def still in for POTMC, but I might have to reduce my breakfast burrito consumption…

  • santorio

    on the other hand, my most recent marathon (i.e. when i was older), was the fastest, and my most favorite was the slowest (favorite because i made the decision to run the night before and because of the location: marathon, greece).

  • Santorio, yea, it seems like those who really stick with it continue to get faster. That's kind of one of my favorite aspects of running – even relative amateurs don't necessarily peak in their early/mid twenties like you see in so many other sports.

  • Yay! Congrats! I was there when you ran your first marathon… you did so well for hardly training! I know you'll do well on this marathon as well. Good luck training!

  • Thanks for the support, Sarah, although I wouldn't really call running 70+ miles/week hardly training….