Even though I DNRed yesterday, I kept thinking about the Philadelphia Marathon. If I keep this up, my mode of indecision -- in which I wait until the day before a race to decide not to do it -- will take over. What to do?
I tried to apply the sort of decision analysis I use to help students consider their job offers. Yes, break the question down to pros and cons; consider what you value and the likelihood and how much the marathon will satisfy those values; don’t forget the options that you’re not seeing on the table; oh, but make a table; blah, blah, blah.
Here is a list my pros-cons. What am I forgetting? Do the pros outweigh the cons?
Pros (butterflies in my stomach)
- It’s an awesome feeling to finish a marathon
- A chance to improve my PR without the headwind
- A chance to BQ for 2009
- Local, big races are fun
- I don’t have to travel anywhere for this marathon
- To finally give meaning to the “long” runs I’ve been doing all summer
- I’m in fairly decent shape now (aside from minor knee/ankle/hamstring irregularities)
- I miss the long runs together and the post-run vegging during the Spring
- I can do it… there are 5 weeks before the taper
- My gut says to do it
- Training for a marathon requires time, mental and physical energy
- I don't feel like doing tempo runs under 7 minute miles and mile repeats at near 6.
- Long runs alone would be lonely
- Long runs takes away from trail runs and racing, which I also like
- I might not do as well as I’d hoped to, since I started training late
- No good answer for “Why do you pay to run?” when the marathon costs > $100
- I could get injured during training
- If I get hurt, I might miss
, too Boston
- Race day could be rainy and cold
- I definitely won’t win or place
- I know this course and it can get boring down the stretch.
- Need to start sleeping more if I run more