Let's take a look back shall we? I did the Pittsburgh Marathon (half) in 2010. It was only my second half in my life and, as far as I was concerned at the time, I rocked it. I knocked 8 minutes off my first half marathon time and I felt pretty damn good about it.
It rained for pretty much 12.1 miles of the 13.1 miles, I chaffed and I bled (my toes), but I finished with determination. 2:09:20.
I skipped 2011 because we were living in Texas, but I flew in to run in 2012. I was at a really good place in my fitness regimen and bound and determined to set a PR (held by my prior Pittsburgh Marathon showing in 2010). My niece ran her first half that year and it was pretty special having her there with me. At 17 years old, I never would have had the courage to tackle 13.1 miles.
|My niece Abbey and me|
|Tracey and me|
I have no idea what this year's half marathon holds for me. I don't know if I can finish. I don't know if I will have to walk. I don't feel confident in my training or my abilities right now. One thing I am sure of is my determination. Determination has seen me through so many things in the past, and I'm hoping it will help me through the Pittsburgh Half.
Now don't get me wrong, I don't recommend just going out and doing a race you haven't trained for and expect to be able to finish without some obstacles. In fact, I really don't recommend it AT ALL, but I've decided to run this marathon whether it's smart or not. I'm running my OWN RACE, all alone, and that way at the end I'll know, whatever the outcome, I made an experience all my own. I won't wonder what if, or think coulda, shoulda, woulda.
So that's the decision. Me, myself and I running/hobbling/walking the Pittsburgh Marathon. One thing is for sure, I'll be bringing along my determination.