Adjusting My Running Goals
One of the best early season races in Calgary is the St Patrick’s Day Road Race. For me, it came at a perfect time to test my early training for the two big races on my calendar for 2012; Team Diabetes Iceland, and the Calgary Half Marathon.
The morning of the run, I realized this was to be the longest distance I had run in nearly 3 years. To get ready for the race, I had to take a number off my race belt from a 2010 trip to Rio with Team Diabetes. My training had not been good before that run and I dropped out of the half marathon to run a 6k.
Before that, my longest run was the Easter Island Marathon in 2009. Nothing more than 6k in nearly 30+ months is not a good way to maintain training.
As you can imagine, with that kind of layoff, my time was one of the slowest of my adult running career – just over 62 minutes. Compare that to my best ever run of just under 48 minutes 6 years ago and you can appreciate age and the couch have caught up to me.
That said, I was proud of the run. I was glad to be back on the paths and breathing heavy. However, I have decided to pull back from my goal for Iceland. I won’t be running the marathon, but rather the half. I have done 4 marathons in my lifetime, and while I would love to round it to an “even 5″, I don’t know if it’s worth it.
Half marathons are a great distance. They’re a challenge, but they don’t kill you. You have to do serious training to get through 22k, but it’s not anything that really hurts. The best part, is I can actually “run” a half marathon. I have completed 4 marathons, but I have yet to run 1. I continually bonk in the last 10k.