Well, after weeks of hemming and hawing, and several conversations with family members and running buddies. I finally made a decision about the weekend of October 8th/9th.
Instead of running the Army 10 miler on Sunday as planned, or running with Fleet Feet for a 20 mile long run on Saturday, I will be heading to Hartford to join the Running for Rare Disease Team for another 26.2!
That's right - I just registered to run a full marathon a month before I tackle the NYC Marathon.
And to be quite honest, I still have some doubts and concerns about my decision. I've just started building back my base of marathon training. My head has been telling me to be conservative and run the half marathon distance in Hartford. I'd still be participating with the team, but not risking over doing it a month before the big race in NY. But my heart is telling me if I'm going to make the trip, I might as well run the full, and just treat it as a training run. That way, I can cross off another state on my quest to complete a full marathon in all 50 states (and DC).
My decision can be summed up in this quote:
I'm not sure why I feel so strongly about running two back to back marathons. Maybe I've been watching too many inspirational Olympic stories over the past few weeks, I mean how can you not be inspired by those athletes? Well, whatever has pushed me to this decision, one thing is for sure, I will definitely be joining the RFRD Team in Hartford, and I will be aiming high!