Can I be tempted to run a full marathon?

Today’s run (street): 2.5 miles
I’m clearly back to full strength in my running as evidenced by today and yesterday’s runs. A good part of my work week is taking place at industry meetings and yesterday I had the good fortune of seeing both of my running mentors (CK & CMC) during the day’s events.
I told CK that my troubles on Friday were likely caused by my flu shot. I’m not sure he bought that but I’ll show him next time. CMC offered to run with me on my first marathon which sounds great, although my current position is that I won’t ever be competing at that distance. We’ll see.

This morning’s run was pleasant, and like yesterday, it seemed to go by quickly. With temperatures in the mid 30’s, it’s much colder than a week ago, but I fully appreciate this weather. This weekend is supposed to be nice and cool — great for the NYC marathoners and great for those of us training for our next 10K.

Zombies? Lifting? Obstacles? Isn’t running hard enough?

A friend of mine is considering a race called the Civilian Military Combine which is described as the “ultimate test of your strength, endurance, and agility.” According to the website, the CMC competition “is broken down into three components to test strength, endurance and agility. Race day structure will consist of “The PIT” (lifting element) into a 7 mile mountain race with 7 strategically placed massive military obstacles.” Sounds like fun!

In the same vein, I recently got a press release for another event called Run for Your Lives where “Runners [will] navigate a series of 12 obstacles throughout a 5K course in an attempt to reach the finish line — all while avoiding zombies.” This sounds less rigorous than the CMC, but knowing how I feel after only running a 5K I wonder if it would just be too much.

I’m looking forward to the Dirty Sock 10K in August. No strength tests or obstacles, just 6.2 miles through steamy woods. Both times I’ve run it I’ve practically needed an IV with electrolyte fluids at the finish. I know my limits. I wonder about those that don’t.