Pulling an “All Nighter” on a Half Marathon?

Posted May 24, 2012 by Marcy Twete in On the Ladder

What is your procrastination personality? Do you procrastinate on everything under the sun? Or perhaps only certain things? I fall into the latter category. When it comes to day-to-day projects, I’m not a procrastinator. I get things done in time, on time, with little stress. But when it comes to larger, more time intensive projects, I tend to procrastinate. I sat house overnight in my college computer labs when finishing my thesis, I crammed for the ACT and SAT rather than taking a prep course, and the list goes on. I’ve found, this same “all nighter” mentality has recently been applied to…..a half marathon.

I’ve been registered for the Chicago Women’s Half Marathon for months and months, and have been sporadically training and running, but nothing heavy. I read bloggers who follow strict 16 week or more training plans for half marathons, some even going so far as to hire coaches for their training and practice everything for their half marathon from the clothes they’re wearing to their water stop routines. My “all nighter” mentality just doesn’t agree with these kinds of plans. So here I am, 5 weeks away from the half, and I’ve finally gotten dead serious about training.

Now, 5 weeks out, I have to hit every single training run, every single scheduled day, no mistakes or I run the risk of being unready to run on June 24th. I keep telling myself it’s just like my thesis or the ACT/SAT’s. I’ll get through it, I’ll likely succeed, because my momentum picks up fast.

Tell me, Career Girl Network, what is something crazy you’ve saved until the “up all night” moment?

About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is a career fundraiser turned corporate responsibility executive, a career and networking expert and the author of the book "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works."