Resisting the Urge to Register for a Marathon

Does anyone know how to resist the urge to run a marathon? I am all ears because I seriously need help…

I’m obviously beyond excited for everyone running Boston, but it’s hard to track everyone’s training and not wish that I was going through the same thing. Pangs of jealousy. Then, last Tuesday, registration opened for the 2011 Chicago Marathon and watching others excitedly sign up and talk with their friends came with even more emotions. Waves of disappointment and guilt for pulling out of this marathon in 2010 come over me every time I hear it mentioned. I know someday I will run this, but 2011 is not the year.  Even though I know I shouldn’t register for another marathon, it doesn’t mean the urge to do it isn’t there…No Kim, no! Don’t do it!

As more and more races open up for registration, I know the temptation and the urge to register is only going to snowball. So, my strategy? Keep Busy!

  1. Fill my schedule with shorter races and focus on speed and setting goals for each distance. Anywhere from a 5k-13.1 Miles
  2. Add in several more Triathlons to add some variety to my schedule
  3. Finally join the L Street Running Club
  4. Go on long runs with friends who are training for marathons and live vicariously through their experience

I’m hoping that if I accomplish everything above that it will make my next marathon a much more fulfilling experience. However, if I can’t fight the urge and become absolutely dead set on running a full marathon,  I will register for a smaller race that doesn’t require an expensive flight or hotel room, but rather one that is an easy day trip.

Any tips on how I can resist the urge to register for a marathon?! I need HELP!


  1. says

    Yes, we will live variously through our marathon friends swimmy! I like training with my marathon friends up to 15 miles, then their own their own : )

    • swimmykimy says

      Adrienne! I really want to join, but I get anxiety sometimes thinking about joining new things! Let me know the next time you do a run and I will join 🙂 PS Congrats on the beautiful baby!

  2. says

    It is hard to read about other people’s races!! Maybe you could sign up for a couple of 10k’s or, as Janae said, more tri’s to keep you from signing up for one? Maybe you could also write down your top 3 reasons for not doing one right now, and why you want to wait until the right time comes along, and post it somewhere near your computer 🙂 I think it’s awesome that you have so much motivation that you want to harness, instead of the opposite!

  3. says

    Hmmm…It is really hard to fight the urge! I am doing the same thing right now! I ran my first full marathon in November and I am tempted to sign up for the fall marathon again. Right now I am training for a half marathon in May. I am focusing on my speed! 🙂

  4. says

    ohhh my gosh I am in the same boat as you! I can’t wait for my june marathon! your 3 tactics look like good ideas! 🙂
    I hope youve been having a great week!

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