To run or not to run, that is the question


So there’s this really cool race this weekend that I’m debating signing up for. It’s not your average road or trail running race. It sounds like so much fun and a killer workout. It’s a snowshoe 5k/10k race!

I really want to register, but I’m nervous because I don’t want to aggrevate my ITB/knee problem that I fought so hard to get over. I’ve been injury-free for a solid month+ now, but I don’t want to go and mess it all up again.

Hmm, well since I’m big into making lists, here are my pros/cons:

– My brother is running it! So regardless, I’ll be kickin’ it at the race to support/watch him
– I’ve never done a snowshoe race before and it sounds SO fun
– I have gone snow shoeing a few times before, and I love it
– I’m not one to turn down a good challenge
– 10k in snowshoes would be one heck of a good workout
– This Saturday’s long run is my “back down” distance, so I won’t be tired/sore on Sunday

– Will this mess up my knee?
– I’ll probably fall down a lot
– I could get trampled by the other racers
– I might freeze my toosh off

The problem with my cons list is that they’re all hypothetical. I’m not one to turn down an adventure because of an uncertainty. I’m a go get-’em kinda gal and being unsure whether my knee will hurt isn’t enough of a reason to turn me away from trying something new. At the same time, I should be aware of my knee and careful not to screw up a good thing.

So this is where I want your advice… what do you think?
A.) Go for it, sign up, get a great workout out of it, and enjoy the adventure!
B.) Play it safe, hang back to cheer on your brother and take pictures

What would you do??

7 Comments Add yours

  1. Mallory says:

    I feel like if I were you I’d hold off. I wouldn’t want to do anything to mess up my knee for Boston if I got the chance to run it. I say just hang out and enjoy the scenery! Or if you really want to do it, go the 5k route!

  2. Sam F. says:

    Your race is in 67 days, not on Saturday. Be smart!

  3. Do what your body tells you! But running in snow shoes?! That looks hella fun! I think I would A) DO IT, DO IT, DO IT! And take it easy if you have to. Whatever time you do it in will be your Snowshoe PR anyways!

  4. I’m with Sam on this one. You gotta be healthy for Boston!

  5. MissZippy1 says:

    I think it would be SO much fun! Have you snowshoed at all before? I would think that if you can handle running, you can handle snowshoes w/o aggravation. Just start towards the back of the pack (for those trampling fears!) and take it out easy. Snowshoe running is a blast, albeit a hard one!

  6. Beth says:

    Ooh, that looks awesome! Maybe just do the 5k and accept that you may be walking it instead of running? That way you get to participate without injuring yourself. Have fun!

  7. nicole says:

    If this is going to make your problems worse i say no go! You dont want to get hurt and messed up before boston do you? you can snow shoe next winter! :)

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