People who know me might have wondered why I didn’t put a Marathon in my post of New Year’s Resolution. I had a hard time making the decision to not run a Marathon in 2012, and I really was sad when the Hamburg Marathon happened without me, even though I spent the morning of this race watching it on TV and icing my knee. It was the right decision, but that doesn’t mean it was easy.
I was a 100 % sure that my first marathon would happen in 2013, but I haven’t signed up and my goals and expectations have slightly changed over the past couple of month.
I only ran two times last month, mostly because I didn’t feel well in the beginning, then worked my little butt off (I mean it, that job includes walking a lot of stairs while carrying lots of heavy things) and had sore legs for the first two weeks, and then Christmas came in the way. I just couldn’t get myself up to run, and I guess 10 km for something that should have been my base building month just doesn’t do it.
Here are the other main reasons I decided to not run the Hamburg Marathon in 2013:
- I’ve never trained after a plan
I did a 12 km race, a 15km race, and a half marathon, but during my training, I never had a plan. I just ran whenever I felt like it, which is probably ok for shorter distances, but not for a marathon. I think I might should learn how to train property and after a plan before I train for something as big as a marathon.
- I don’t want my triathlon training to suffer from marathon training
I can’t have it all. I am not fit enough to go to triathlon training sessions and get a marathon training in. Swimming is going very well at the moment, and I really don’t want to miss one single 7.30 am Sunday morning swim class because I am sore from my long run the day before. Even more, I don’t want to miss riding my lovely road bike on the first warm day of the season only because I am supposed to run 30 km the day after.
- I want to finish fast
You are that kind of runner that finished your first marathon in 5 hours? Great! In my opinion, everyone who ever ran a marathon is awesome! I, however, want to finish my first marathon with a faster time- and I am just not fast enough yet. Oh, and by fast, I mean fast to me, and by that, I basically also mean that I want to race that whole thing, not walk in between and fight for every second on that clock. You don’t get that? Doesn’t matter, I don’t get that neither, but I’ll try to figure it out.
- I still don’t know what’s wrong with my stomach
Last fall, when I first thought about signing up, I promised myself to not sign up because I know what’s up with that stomach pain that makes me feel real bad once in a while. Early December, I had another break down that made me lie on my bathroom floor crying because of the worst cramps ever. And yes, I know that was too much information to give away on a public blog and I kind of feel like a certain girl on the run now that I said that, you’re welcome. So, no news on that yet+ a promise to myself = no marathon on my 2013 list.
I don’t say I won’t run a marathon this year. I might going to look up fall marathons when my training goes well over the next month and I feel good about it. Sure, I used to think that my first marathon has to be the biggest one in my hometown, but over the last weeks, I have come to the conclusion that a fall marathon might be better for my first marathon, since I find it easier to get a long run done in the Summer than in the cold winter months. (Let’s see how I think about it in case we should get a crazy hot summer this year. Possibilities are around 10 %)
So what now?
I am currently working on a training plan for a half-marathon in April (goal: follow the training plan and have fun), planning on racing a half marathon in June (goal: finish under 2 hours!) and already signed up for a very hilly half marathon in August (goal: stay stong, it’s just a few hills and they are only hills for you because you never lived and ran anywhere else other than northern Germany and Denmark). I am also looking for other fun races and I am doing the Koehlbrandbrueckenlauf again!
I can have an awesome year without becoming a marathoner on April 21, right?
What are your big running goals for 2013? Have you ever decided to postpone a new distance? Why?