Friday, October 29, 2010

Where perseverence ends and insanity begins

On Sunday, November 07, I will step up to the starting line of the NYC Marathon. For those of you that have been following my training progress, this is hardly the fall racing season that I had planned for. I was going into the fall thinking that if things fell into place, my "A" goal could be a sub-4 hour finish. Obviously, that is no longer the case.

A couple of fun facts about my 2010 NYC Marathon training season:

  • I had THREE surgical procedures on my heart in the 11 weeks leading up to the marathon, the most recent one being 25 days prior to race day
  • My last "normal" training week before all of this heart drama started was the week of August 1st. I have not run > 20 miles per week since then.
  • My longest run of this training cycle was 18 miles on September 19th
  • My total mileage logged for the months of September and October were 50 miles (each)
I know what you are thinking, this is complete insanity - and you are probably right. You could say that I'm not respecting the distance, I probably wouldn't argue with that. I have decided that I will not give up, I don't care how long it takes, but I'm going to finish. I feel like at least stepping up to the line means that I am taking back control of my life. I will not allow circumstances outside of my control to dictate what I can and cannot do.

For what it's worth, I have medical "acceptance" for this endeavor. I don't think that any of my doctors would actually "recommend" that I run the marathon this year, and to be honest, I don't blame them. I don't believe that I am putting myself in imminent danger (no more so than anyone else that runs a marathon), and I don't believe that running the race will impair my recovery. I guess I'll find out how true that was when I go back to my doctor next Wednesday

Even if this wasn't the way I had hoped to run NYC this year, I'll try to at least make something good out of the situation. I plan to run the race this year with the same Mobility Impaired athlete that I guided through NYCM last year. While I won't officially be his guide this year, at least I can rely on him and his guides to keep me at a pace that I can handle, and provide some company and continued motivation for the run.

Obviously, I'm disappointed with my current situation - and I was hoping to be over my issues by now, but I'm doing the best with the cards that I've been dealt. I'm going to step up to the line, give it everything I have - and come out of this a winner.


Kara said...

"I have decided that I will not give up, I don't care how long it takes, but I'm going to finish"

You are TOTALLY respecting the distance.

Michelle said...

I wish you awesome amazing incredible good luck. This is your race. I think your really awesome. Have fun out there Joe.

You respect the distance, and I respect you!!!!