I have an idea.
What if, instead of going for a fast PR, I went for a slow PR? As I still struggle with my knee issues, I'm indecisive. (what else is new, right?)
Should I just go for the half-marathon?
Or should I push through...running, walking, crawling until I cross that finish line of the full-marathon?
A couple of days ago, I learned that the course closes after 7 hours. Runners must be at the 19 mile marker by 1:15 pm. The 19 mile marker is the 14th Street Bridge and at 1:15 pm, the road is re-opened up to traffic. Therefore, if I can manage a 14 minute mile then I'll be good.
Maybe it would be cool if I aimed to be the very last person across that finish line. I mean, think about it-last year there were 20,622 finishers. The guy who came in very last, finished in 8 hours, 6 minutes and 49 seconds. I'm not sure if they had the 7 hour rule last year, but I think that if I really try...I can be the slowest person in the whole race. Now that's something worth bragging about. To be the fastest isn't a reality, but to be the slowest? There just might be a way.
When I ran the Country Music Marathon, there were all kind of crazy spectators along the course, especially through the neighborhoods of Nashville. I remember a group of guys who had brought their poker table out to the front lawn and were enjoying games of poker, cigars, beer and the race! There were a couple of seats open at the table and the runner in front of me actually ran past, but then turned back around and sat for a beer and a quick game. And why not? Why not make the most of it? If I were aiming for low PR, I too could take advantage of such things.
I think I've already made my decision.