DENVER -- With two weeks remaining before the deadline she gave herself for a final decision on whether to seek the presidency, Rep. Patricia Schroeder (D-Colo.) has reached a fairly common political position known as "Second Thoughts."

All the analysts and all the indicators are giving Schroeder the message she hears in chanted form at rallies around the country: "Run, Pat, Run." Her direct mail experts say that the money to run a full-scale campaign can be raised. Various opinion polls show that she stands roughly in the middle of the crowded field of Democratic presidential contenders. Volunteers are calling in from all 50 states.

But in the midst of this seemingly inexorable tide stands a candidate who declares forcefully that she is is still not quite sure that she wants to be a candidate. She has not yet decided, she says, that she wants to spend the next six months of her life flying from Iowa to New Hampshire and back for the daily ritual of speeches and rallies, rallies and speeches.

"I have to keep asking myself why I am in politics," she said last weekend during a political swing through western states. ". . . And one sure thing I know is that I don't have any interest in being a presidential candidate like all the other guys I see out there.

"I'm not a normal candidate," she continued. "I've never been a traditional candidate. If I had a traditional campaign manager, I would drive them nuts, and they'd drive me nuts. I keep asking, can somebody give me a model of a nontraditional way to run a campaign?"

To date, she said, nobody has come up with such a model.

Schroeder said she has already decided that she wants a campaign manager who has worked with her in politics before -- who will "tolerate" her outspoken style. "I don't want to spend the whole time arguing with my campaign manager," she said.

To date, the de facto campaign manager and chief strategist of the Schroeder candidacy has been her husband, James Schroeder, an international lawyer in Washington. But some longtime friends who have worked on Schroeder's congressional campaigns, such as Pam Solo of Cambridge, Mass., are already working almost full time on her presidential plans.

While Schroeder debates with herself about how she would run for president, all the trappings of a campaign seem to be falling into place around her.

A test-the-waters direct mail effort aimed at 80,000 likely Schroeder backers -- active feminists and others with a history of contributing to liberal candidates -- drew a strong response, according to fund-raisers Tom Mathews and Roger Craver, who worked on the 1980 presidential campaign of Republican-turned-independent John Anderson.

The message from that mailing, Schroeder says, is that "{lack of} money is not going to be a fig leaf I can hide behind" in deciding whether to run.

Schroeder has accepted an invitation to take part in a debate among the Democratic candidates in Iowa next week, and she is scheduled to make an important speech at the National Press Club on Sept. 23 -- a speech that could telegraph her ultimate decision on a candidacy.

On Sunday, Schroeder backers in all 50 states and D.C. will gather for a chain of "Run Pat Run" parties; the could-be candidate has made a videotaped speech to be played at the parties. Schroeder's political guru, Dan Buck, says more than 800 such parties will be held. The sessions are designed to raise money and find campaign workers -- if there is, indeed, to be a campaign.