6'0 Tall wife to Muscle Man, mother of 3, full time career woman, with an addiction to running wherever her size 10's will take her.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Marathon Envy

Yesterday it hit me... I have a major case of "Marathon Envy." As I read countless Bloggy posts about long training runs, taper weeks, planning lists, pre-race anxiety and counting down to M-Day excitement, it hit me....I am envious of those who are poised to run a Marathon or who have just completed a Marathon.

It is sooo bad that I have thought about registering for a race that I am not ready to run or have trained for. It is sooo bad that I have toyed with registering for a race in the COLD of mid December.

WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME?

When I crossed the Finish line of the Seattle Rock 'n' Roll Marathon on June 27th I told my Muscle Man "Don't ever let me do that again." Oh how I forget!! Don't get me wrong running 5K's and 10K's is AWESOME! And probably the best races for me to compete in with a young childrenand stay-at-home hubby. B..U...T... I still long for Marathon Redemption. I want to RUN a race and have my dimples shine as I cross the Finish.

Not sure what the go-forward plan is. With Volleyball starting next Sunday, birthday parties to plan, holidays, few races offered and inclement weather approaching a Fall Marathon is not feasible.

Why am I telling you this? Not sure. I guess so I can pulse to see if I am the only looney in Bloggy land.

  • Do you have Marathon Envy? If so, how do you deal with it?

  • Have you ever run a Marathon that you did not train for? If so, what was the outcome??

32 comments:

Fair Weather Runner said...

hey chica! ohhh goodness, you'll need to read my post later today, my cousin just ran a marathon on saturday she didn't train for and did AWESOME!!

also, yeah my piano is my secret talent, but i've let it slip soooo badly since being married. however sometimes i pull out a bottle of wine and sit and will play for hours and hours.. mostly i play coldplay! hahah, but it's FUN!

last thing, ohhhh the duggars. mel if you only knew. do you watch that show? if so, you now have an idea of the envirtonment i grew up in, the homeschool program the use for their children is the same program my parents had us in for many years, up until i was about 16. wasn't allowed to listen to music with a beat, watch tv or movies, and was forced to wear a dress.... never would have guessed eh? ;) maybe one day when we meet FOR REALS i can tell you all about it.

Shannon said...

I def don't have marathon envy! I just want to get thru this crazy half marathon training! eek!

Don't forget, I've got a giveaway! Dang, I forgot to mention your giveaway! I might have to post again today....

Melissa said...

Mel, I know how you feel. I am having half-marathon envy. A friend of mine is running her 3rd this weekend, and I want so badly to join her, but I'm still 5 weeks from being fully trained :) I guess I'll just wait until November 1st like a good girl!

Candice @ I Have Run said...

I can't answer your questions, but I can tell you there is something about running a marathon that you just don't get running other distances. I can totally understand why you are feeling how you are feeling! I am already looking at spring marathons, even knowing from recent experience how difficult it will be to get those long runs in again. I can't wait to see what you decide to do! Happy Wednesday!

Janice {Run Far} said...

I def have Marathon envy... I would run a marathon every month if I could afford it.

I ran a marathon with very little training and I was very over weight. It was my 2nd marathon... I just wanted to do another one so badly... I had been on some meds that made me gain like 30 lbs and I didnt get it off.... I trained (ha ha funny, it was NOT traning) for it with a buddy of mine who put in way more time then I did, I would only run 2 times a week, nothing else. My 1st marathon I ran a 3:29... this one, on the same course, took me 5:15... yikes. I told myself I would never do that again. This past Feb I ran a marathon with only a 14 mile base... did great, felt great.. but got SO SO SO sick after, I really thought I was dying.. my hubby was about to take me to the ER.... I finally felt better, but I am sure I was just not ready for the distance. I can't wait for my next one. Oct 18th.. Louisville marathon. YAY

Running, kind of. said...

hm..yes. I do have marathon envy. For some reason though i can't get past the half. But just this time around I am realizing that I think I actually CAN train for a marathon!

I am thinking you have an excellent base and could in fact be ready for a marathon fairly quickly. Just start building your long runs. I have a 10-12 week plan. It is BRUTAL though...

Good luck! And you are NOT the only looney blogger out there!

Amanda

The Happy Runner said...

Are you kidding me? You are not looney -- you are a runner :-)

I have marathon envy. It comes and goes but I always have a little bit of it, in the back of my mind at all times.

I've only run one marathon and I've wanted to run another ever since.

Jo Lynn said...

Yup, totally normal for you to feel that way. You remember the good feeling you had after accomplishing your marathon. I don't think you are necessarily "jealous", I think you are getting the itch.
Every time I have done a marathon or 50K, I say "why the heck am I doing this to myself, I will never do this again." I am checking out the race calendar that evening. ;)

Morgan said...

Ironically I have been having 5k & 10k envy everytime I catch a race recap from you!!!!!!! I haven't done a smaller race since march and I really miss them and how fast I used to be. I have slowed down so much with all of this endurance training. After Chicago I can't wait to hit some 5k's!!! The grass isn't always greener on the other side Mel my dear! :)

Keep that chin up and see what races you can do when it's not so chilly!

Carlee said...

My first marathon was one I didn't train for. I had gotten injuried PRIOR to training (my ITB) but didn't care so I stayed registered. Then training couldn't really happen. My longest run was about 15 miles, and I didn't run often. I did spend 4 hours a day between the eliptical and the bike (30 minutes of each then switch) which was rediculous.

I ended up finishing the race without walking. I went a 4:39 and it was in Stowe, VT so there were a ton of hills. I took 14 Advil over the course of the run and probably should have been in serious medical stress. I was so happy to have done and proved everyone that I could; but then I was not able to run more than 6 miles for 2 years. I really messed up the ITB.

(sorrry for the long comment)

Mel-2nd Chances said...

i dunno if running a marathon will ever happen in my lifetime, i'm too prone to injury, but i have a lot of years ahead of yet yet (with any luck...), I guess I can't say Never. But, the thought of 'completing' a marathon, since i was pretty darn close is always something that kinda haunts me. So I envy that part of it, but honestly, my newfound love of triathlon makes me feel like i don't 'need' the marathon anymore. weird.

Molly said...

I'm in the same boat, I have envy too. I had such a great 1/2 marathon experience, I want to keep this momentum going. like you said, weather changing, holidays, I'm just not sure what I would train for. I'm home with the kids now, so this would also be a perfect opportunity training wise. I guess I just have to do my research.

Marlene said...

Oh did I EVER! I wanted my "redemption" sooo badly this spring. My training was going great, it was my first time with the awesome group I run with now... and BANG, ski injury. No running for 4 weeks. No hopes of a spring marathon. No marathons all summmer, soooo I had to wait til, well, NOW. It was HARD but I took advantage and worked on my speed for shorter distances. Like you have done too! :)

I promise you will get your marathon redemption when the time comes and it will be SOOO worth it.

I can't imagine myself EVER going into a marathon without training.... got to respect that distance! Plus, you want it to be a BETTER experience, right?! (I'm not saying you were undertrained last time, but you know what I mean.)

Until then, you are one of the best cheerleaders around. :)

Whoa, sorry for the long comment! This is a post of its own. Hahaha.

Velma said...

I am crazy as well. I almost signed up for an Ironman the other day. I have issues.

I would make sure to train for the next marathon - no training could = no dimples. Not worth the chance.

I would say that I loved training in the winter more than I ever thought I would. Give a late winter early spring marathon a try. It keeps you out of trouble during the holiday (eating) season.

Lacey Nicole said...

i definitely had it after becoming a kara goucher fan and volunteering at boston this past year. plus it seems like it's beckoning if you've run a half marathon and just start to run more... and i did the same exact thing as you!!! i crossed my 20-mile race finish line and said "i'm never running a marathon" lol :)

Derek said...

When i ran my first 50 miler I told my wife to not EVER let me do that again, well now I have a 100 miler on the schedule. It's funny how our short term memory loses out when it comes to running otherwise we would never go back for seconds.

aron said...

haha i get marathon envy and i run them all the time!! its hard not to, its an addiction :)

i ran SD without "training" but it was 4 weeks after eugene so i guess i still had that training?

i would definitely wait and train though, esp if you want a good race. your next one is out there, and it will be worth the wait!!

Suzy said...

oh - i have envy! i am pretty sure i'm going to register for one in the spring. it is far away, but it is enough to keep the envy at bay.

X-Country2 said...

Oh I TOTALLY have envy! Today is one year anniversary of when I decided I wanted to run a marathon. 365 days ago I got the idea, googled, and signed up for a fall one all within 20 minutes. :o)

robinbb said...

I had marathon envy when you were running Seattle and I was only beginning training for my marathon. I actually looked to see if I could find an entry for Seattle as my sister-in-law lives out there and I wanted to visit and run another marathon, quick. I say wait and train for the marathon. I think part of the accomplishment of finishing a marathon is completing the training program. Even if I don't meet my goal next week, I am very proud of myself for making it through such a tough training cycle.

Teamarcia said...

I too vowed never to do another marathon after my first (the ridiculously hot Chicago 2007. But then I needed redemption. Like childbirth, the memories of the pain fade fast. I'm too much of a pain wuss to skimp on training though.

B.o.B. said...

You know that Michael Jackson song "You are not alone....I am here with you..." that's kind of how I feel about this post.

I have had three weeks of no running. I got a measley 3 miler in on Monday and am itching to run again.

I have a marathon scheduled for next month but we'll see what happens.

I totally GET your envy.

Megan said...

I get marathon envy, fo sho!

Ya know, signing up for a spring marathon could alleviate your envy. You still get you focused on marathon training, without having to do a late-fall/early-winter marathon! You will be ready for it, and it won't hurt so bad as the first! Just think, you could build your base, get your miles up, have a goal ironed out, and just cruise through a winter of training!

I plan to follow a 18-24week training plan for a spring marathon. That's almost six months of focused training!

RunningLaur said...

I think I have race envy just about every 5 minutes!

Since my full has been postponed for a year, I keep thinking that I'll throw in a 16-18 mile run like once an month, just incase a marathon would come up....
Aside from that, I just want to run every single race ever. I keep trying to think of ways to finagle discounts!!

KK @ Running Through Life said...

Oh yes, race envy! I think we all have it at some point in time. I am envious of all of you who have successfully completed a marathon!!

Thanks for the kind words on my blog!

Britt said...

I totally get race envy. I was one mean girl for spring race season, when I was injured! I think it's totally normal. There is something about the marathon and the whole process that makes it addictive. :)

Living and Loving In L.A. said...

I am training for the Nike Women's Marathon on Oct. 18th. I ran 20 miles last Saturday. It's fun. But hard. Super-duper hard, as I'm sure you know. And TIME-CONSUMING. My boyfriend says I'm not allowed to do another as it totally renders me useless both the night before a long run and night after! I think there's something about running marathons that's equatable to giving birth, it's a rewarding, yet painful experience, but there's something about it that makes you forget the bad parts, and want to do it again.

lindsay said...

oh man. like 5 of the 6 marathons i've done i didn't really train for... i was quite sore for a few days after but that was about it. could've been a lot worse, i know. lots of people tend to injure themselves when they choose the non-trained method. i was stubborn!

i was tempted to sign up for a spring/early summer marathon but ultimately talked myself out of it. i hadn't been doing 'real' long runs and i didn't want to half-ass another marathon, i've done that enough already. it's much more enjoyable to run one well-trained!

Ashley said...

I definitely have "race" envy. Hoping it will subside with the few events I have for this fall. :)

Good luck finding something right for you - I'm sure it will call your name! :)

KmCaCFamilyof5 said...

Ask Ang... I'm pretty sure she ran a marathon that she did little training for, and was a spur of the moment thing :)

Amanda said...

I most definitely have marathon envy right now, heck I even have half-marathon and 10K envy. I'm dealing with some health stuff that's causing me to cut back on running for a couple months and I really really miss the whole training and racing process. Sign up for one!!:)

Irene said...

I'm a little late to the comments here, but I did have marathon envy when I couldn't run the marathon I was training for due to injury. I even had a good cry when I went back to watch the video footage of my friends running through the finish line.

And, no, I've never run in a marathon I've never trained for, but I know plenty of people who have! Let's just say it's not pretty...