I have decided that I will run the Sydney Marathon in September. Why? Because I keep finding myself saying “I used to be a good runner…” or “I used to run half marathons before breakfast”. Things have changed and I want to change them back.
Sometimes the only way to get back in the running game is to set yourself challenges. After London 2010, a little niggling doubt dug it’s heels in my mind. I have only competed once since – the Leigh-on-Sea 10k the following October, finishing 19th in a time of 40:08. This proved to me that I could still do it if I set my mind to it & trained hard. But, for whatever reason I let that talent wilt away.
I’m slowly regaining some kind of form, though I’m missing my Garmin for it’s insights on pacing. I figured there would be no better way to get back on the wagon that to face my demons head on… I don’t enjoy marathons, but I’m in Australia and it’d be pretty awesome to complete the course and to be able to say that I’ve run both London & Sydney.
Furthermore, I’ve looked at the race results from September 2011. Not only am I going to complete the course. I am aiming to finish in the top 100. I realise that this sounds ridiculous, but last year a time of 3 hours 11 would have seen me fall into the top 100. When training for London, I was looking at a sub 3 hour race. I have faith (if not a little crazed).
So, call me nuts- but I’m going to do this and I promise to keep you updated with my progress.
Do you think 5 months is long enough to go from zero to hero? Have you ran Sydney? How did you find it compared to other marathons?