Racing is picking up here at our house lately. The printer next to me is buzzing with confirmations for Mountain Mist 2012 (courtesy of my husband, who is downstairs registering us for our annual fun 50K!) and Chicago marathon confirmations have arrived via snail mail. Once we are registered and confirmed for these events, they start to feel "real" to me.
I've been thinking lately about a decision I made after reading the Chicago marathon confirmation packet. Headphones are allowed in the race. Headphones are allowed in the race!!! At first, I was elated. Distraction is so crucial to me during training. I thrive with distraction. At first, I was like, "Yes!!!!!! I am totally bringing my music. I'll use whatever I can to get my time!"
But then I thought more about it. I have run 22 marathons without any music, sometimes without talking to another person the entire race. I have also run many 50Ks without listening to any music. I'm not afraid to let my mind wander to thoughts, to prayers, to songs, to splits. I like following it on the twisty path it takes me as I run the marathon. And I love the crowds cheering. I love taking the whole event in---using all of my senses. I want to be a part of the whole experience---the noises of the other runners, the cheering, the music, all of it. I want this more than I want the benefit of being distracted by my music.
So...I'm leaving my headphones at home. The first of many little last minute race decisions that I will make this week---done!