It is time for my annual post in which I dither about whether or not to run the Boilermaker 15K in Utica, NY in July. At least, I do not remember if I write a post like this EVERY year (regular readers will not be surprised I am too lazy to go back and check). I certainly do not run the Boilermaker every year (those who do are welcome to feel smug about it; indeed, I admire their dedication).
Being me, I cannot just go ahead and make a decision of this magnitude. It is a decision of magnitude, by the way. For the next four and a half months (I just now counted on my fingers), I cannot slack off of running for a week here and there. I’ll have to keep better track of how long I run and how quickly I build myself up. Ten percent each week does add up, but I feel I must keep good track of how soon I’ll be running for how long. I am constantly looking at calendars and doing the math.
One might argue (oh, who am I kidding? There’s always one who WILL argue!) (you know who you are) that none of this matters a great deal. People who do not run at all have been known to run the Boilermaker 15K successfully. I can probably get by on sheer stubbornness. Additionally, many people walk during the Boilermaker; I’ve seen them. I would not bear that shame alone (and I daresay some of them do not even feel ashamed) (and who am I to judge?).
I will just explain to the ones who argue thusly, “Shut up!” (That is a S. J. Perelman joke I often use). I train for the Boilermaker because (1) It is fun for me. I like to run, and I feel good about myself as I am building up and (2) I do not WANT to get by on stubbornness nor by walking part of the course. Additionally, I do not want to feel all ate up after the run. I want to drink a beer! And hang out with some friends!
Hmmm… It begins to sound as if I have already made up my mind to run the Boilermaker. Well, why not? I’m in my mid-50’s. How many chances do I have to be bad-ass? It will be good for me to train for a 15K. If I stop eating like a pig, I may even meet a few of my weight-loss goals.
Of course, the final decision will not be made today. I will still have to register, and there is always a chance I will get shut out. It is a very popular race. But I thank my readers for allowing me to dither in this space. If anybody has any input on the matter, please feel free to comment.