Thanks to those of you who left comments/suggestions on yesterday’s post/my Facebook page and those of you who emailed me. I know the post went up late so if you missed it, check it out here. I would LOVE your input.
Let’s get on with Marathon Monday, shall we?
If you recall a while back I announced that I got into the Chicago Marathon. They changed it to a lottery system this year so I threw my name in and was selected. I was on CLOUD 9. Everyone was posting their acceptances to Instagram all day and I literally got mine in the exact LAST MINUTE of the time frame in which they were sending out emails. I nearly peed myself. I have never been to Chicago but have been wanting to go for a few years now. I’ve heard such wonderful things about it, know a handful of people who live there, and the Chicago Marathon is one of the Marathon Majors along with Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, and New York. I’d love to check all of those off my list someday.
After a lot, and I mean a lot of contemplation, I’ve decided to not participate in the Chicago Marathon this year. Reading that sentence makes me feel sick. There are honestly a whole bunch of reasons that contributed to my decision with the biggest one being that I just don’t feel like it. Marathons are nuts. I don’t know how some people can run multiple full marathons a month. It truly is mind-boggling but I respect and admire those who have the willpower and determination to train for them year-long. It takes so. much. work.
After running two [The Phoenix Marathon (recap) and the Vancouver Marathon (recap)] at the beginning of this year and realizing what it takes mentally, physically, and emotionally, I just don’t think I am ready for/want to immerse myself in that kind of training right now. The race is only 40 days away which doesn’t leave much time for me to slowly increase my long run distance. I did 13.1 last weekend but ideally I’d like to fit in two 18-20 milers before race day and if I tried to do that right now I know I’d get injured. I’ve known for a little while now that there was a good chance I wasn’t going to run this race so that is why I haven’t followed an exact marathon training plan or increased my mileage as seriously as I should have.
A part of me also would like to get faster at shorter distances. I have a 10K this weekend, a 10-miler in a couple of weeks, and am planning on running the Scotiabank Half (October 19) here in Toronto as well as the Hamilton Half (November 1st). After running SeaWheeze (which was pretty hilly) less than a minute slower than my PR, I am pretty confident that I can shave some time off on a flatter course so that is what I plan to attempt this fall.
If all goes well then I will start my training for the Phoenix Marathon (February 28,2015) and maybe, just maybe it will be my first “real” attempt at a BQ. Let’s see how my two half marathons go first and then I’ll have a better idea of what I may or may not be capable of.
So that’s that. I will be receiving a big fat DNS at the Chicago Marathon but you know what? I’m okay with it. I’m listening to my body, head and heart. I know that this is what’s right for me but I can promise you one thing – I WILL run this race next year. 100%.
Enjoy what’s left of the long weekend!