Good Idea/Bad Idea

Alright, let’s play a game called “Good idea or Bad idea”!

Here’s how it works: I’ll tell you about my life, then ask you a question about whether I should run a half marathon, and you tell me if it’s a good idea or a bad idea. (Spoiler alert! It’s a bad idea, but I want to do it anyways, so tell me it’s a good idea. wink wink!)

Here’s some background-

  •  The company I work for has a program that pays race entries for employees and their friends/family (with some restrictions)
  • Since I moved at the end of July 2015, a lot of the races are local to me, but I’ve only been able to participate in 1 so far (due to the time of year, pregnancy, general busyness)
  • They just sent an email with the spring schedule of races which has a half marathon on the list that’s in the next town over
  • I have not run more than 5 miles since, hmmm….well, it’s been over a year
  • The aforementioned 5 miles happened once…Turkey Trot 2016, aside from that I mostly run/walk no more than 4 miles at a time (3 times a week, at best)
  • In the last 3 weeks, I have run once….2 miles, and I walked a good chunk
  • I am studying for an exam that is at the end of April, and while I wouldn’t say it’s going poorly, I will admit that I am doing the bare minimum and struggling to get that done. (I say this to insinuate that I have no time for training, and if I somehow make time for training, I should really be using that time for studying instead)

To recap- I am in no shape (physically) to run a half marathon, I have almost zero time to train for a half marathon, and yet… I WANT TO RUN THIS HALF MARATHON!!!  And it would be FREE!


Finishing my last half, which was apparently almost 3 years ago! Gosh, has it really been so long??!

So, here’s the big question: Good Idea or Bad Idea?

Oh, also it’s in like 9 weeks.

Talk me into or out of it, please!



8 thoughts on “Good Idea/Bad Idea

  1. I would say “good idea, IF … ”

    The IF is if you allow yourself to not worry about time, to allow yourself a ‘fun run’, to allow yourself a 1:1 walk/run ratio … and if you can find 30 minutes a couple of times a week at least to get in some runs.

  2. I second Mike – good idea if you’re not worried about time and you want to run (or run/walk) it just for grins. I ran a half back in June that I hadn’t really trained for – I had only run 5 miles during my “training” – that maybe in theory wasn’t the best idea, but since I knew I wasn’t worrying about time and that I’d just be taking it easy and having fun, I went for it anyway and didn’t regret it. Maybe this race would be a good way to blow off stress related to the test you’re studying for too?

    If you really want to run it and it’s free and you won’t be upset/push yourself to injury over the racing part of it, then I say go for it! 🙂

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