So here I was, all signed up and ready to run the Lower Potomac River Marathon, when I spotted a “save the date” card hanging on my wall. For a wedding the night before the race. In another state. So…plan B.
And plan B involves running a marathon I have said over and over again I would never run, the B & A Trail Marathon, one week later. It’s another low-key, small affair (limited to 250 people) and that’s all good and well. But it also has a half marathon that draws far more people and starts at the same time. I’ve done this half countless times and always enjoy it. But I’ve also watched those lonely marathoners have to keep going once all the half marathoners peel off at the half-way point and thought that I never wanted to do it.
It’s stupid, really–this is no different than running the original small marathon I had planned. But something about seeing most of the others out there finish when there’s still another 13.1 to go makes it seem mentally tougher.
However, I’m wrapping my brain around it and looking at the bright points. For one, it’s only about a half an hour from here, so I’ll be sleeping in my own bed the night before–big bonus! For two, and even better, many of my friends are running the half. And I just might have
bribed with wine and chocolate talked a few into hanging out after the half and keeping me company throughout my second half. I have the best friends (Yes, hoping they’re reading this. I am still sucking up).
So, all in all, it’s not a bad plan B. Marathon training starts today and it will be a quick build-up. Coach Jeff has given me my first schedule and it’s going to be challenging, but I’m ready to give it a go and hopefully nail a PR come March 16.
Ever have to change race plans?