To race or not to race

In November, I signed up for the PF Changs Rock and Roll Arizona Marathon just in case I bombed Tucson.   I didn’t bomb Tucson so MWC (new acronym from here on out=My Wonderful Coach) told me that it would definitely NOT be a good idea to run the full marathon.  Well, I already paid so he is letting me do the 1/2.  However,  I am not sure yet if I will be ‘racing’ it.  I am really not in any shape to set a good PR. I won’t be tapering at all either.  So, this Sunday will be a mystery!  I don’t know if I can run a race as just a ‘work-out’ or tempo run.  Could you?  I think my competitiveness gets the best of me. I am just afraid of pushing too hard and not being able to finish!

However, I am *hoping*  to PR as my 1/2 marathon times are pretty soft. (PR of 1:34 set last Feb) That would be nice!

I am very excited though to be in the corral behind Deena Kastor and Ryan Hall!  I know that there are also some other super fast gals besides Deena running this, so it will be neat to see them run!

What do you think?

Runningly Yours,


  1. I would definitely think long term and listen to your body. Take it easy at the start, and if things are feeling good, I would notch it up then. But you have much bigger dreams to think of and you don't want to toss them to the side just for a PR. Best of luck!

  2. Ariana,I agree exactly with what Christopher said,you're looking at very big things so do what you feels right in your heart and you'll be fine!!!! I'd like to thank you for all of your inspiration!!!!

  3. Thanks Chris and Bill, I am trying not to stress about it, but I know I will all weekend! 😉 Thanks for reading guys! 🙂

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