It was not the race I had trained for and that was humbling. My goals fell aside at about mile 8 of the run. And after about another 2 miles of negotiations with myself I cried a little, contemplated recommitting myself to something normal like Bocce Ball on the front lawn and finally resolved to just finish as best as I could on that day.
About 5 minutes after running under the finishing banner and I was already plotting a redemption race.
Maybe a nice 5k or a sprint tri.
OR maybe a full Ironman (140.6)?
The thing is that I think if I were ‘suffering’ for a cause that I would actually enjoy the whole spectacle just a little bit more. All doubt about whether or not I should race an Ironman falls aside when I imagine racing for a cause.
The missing piece for me is whether or not I should commit to a fundraising goal of $3,500. My family cannot cover it on our own. Would this fundraising commitment be more daunting than the race itself? The general entry race entry is still open so I could pay the fee and race.
If you have done any fundraising at this level, drop me a line and let me know what your experience was like – I appreciate the insight!