Goodbye Columbus

October 19, 2007 at 2:47 am | Posted in friends, Goal setting, friends, Marathon training, overtraining | 6 Comments

If you don’t have a friend who truly cares about you enough to help you examine a situation honestly and objectively, I’m sorry.  Last night I spoke with a very kind, compassionate friend for a long while about my pending marathon in Columbus and he helped me see the light.  He simply asked me how I thought I’d feel in the later miles of the race given my current condition.  Immediately, I knew what I had to do:  let go of Columbus.

That’s right; I’m not running the Columbus Marathon this Sunday as I had planned.  Instead, I’m permitting my body to take some time to rest and heal.   I strongly believe that I’m currently experiencing overtraining syndrome.  The symptoms of overtraining include:  increased fatigue, poor sleep patterns, decline in performance, lack of appetite, unexplained weight loss,  change in heart rate (could be an elevated or a lowered heart rate), moodiness, and injury.  

Instead of Columbus, I’ve set my sights on the Richmond Marathon in Richmond, Virginia on November 10, 4 weeks from this Sunday.   If you get a chance, check out their website at www.richmondmarathon.com. This marathon is advertised as “The World’s Friendliest Marathon”, and wait ’til you see all of the free stuff they’re giving away!  I’ve never been to Virginia, so I’m going to make it a mini-vacation for myself.  My goal for Richmond is to get there healthy, happy, and enjoy every step of the race.  Perhaps it’s time to let go of my dream of Boston, at least for this marathon.

I don’t mean to trivialize my feelings.  If you’ve read my blog, you know how hard I worked and how much I dreamed about Columbus.  This may sound silly, but I even visualized myself crossing the finish line in 3:48:02 (that was the time the clock read when I crossed the finish at the Rochester Marathon).  To say that I agonized over this decision is an understatement.  This is the first time that I’ve ever set a goal (running goal, that is) that I wasn’t able to achieve.  Yes, I’ll admit that I’ve shed a few tears over Columbus and my foolish approach to my training.  But in the end, I know I made the right choice. 

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