Well not really, but thinking about the chocolate takes away the scary part of the fact that Pauly, Louise and I have finally decided on which marathon to attempt first.
I’ve thought about many many marathons over the last year. Two marathons in New Zealand, Aoraki Mt Cook and Queenstown were definite contenders for marathon number one. The Great Ocean Road Marathon in Victoria Australia was firmly on the list of choices too. These three marathons are still on the list, but not for number one. All of them have stunning scenery and have a certain allure about them that makes my running feet get fidgety with anticipation.
Guess which one has been chosen? I’ll tell you in a minute…
Developing foot issues has been extremely sobering. I don’t talk about them much on the blog but they are still there.
The stress of looking down the barrel at niggles that could’ve stopped me running has come into play in the selection of the first marathon. What if we pay all that money to get to a mainland or international marathon and well, a niggle prevents us from getting to the start line? Tasmania is the island state of Australia and we just don’t have many marathons to choose from. Most people I know have selected a mainland marathon as their first.
The marathon we have chosen is all about Chocolate and running local. And it’s all about my beautiful friend Louise. Louise is a wise woman. She thinks things through logically, weighs up the pros and cons and then kindly gives her suggestions. When it comes to running she shares my passion for wanting to conquer the marathon distance. Whereas I can wax lyrical about the romance of running, and how beautiful such and such an event might be… she gets excited about these events but is always very realistic and sensible.
We will be at the start line of the Cadbury Marathon on Sunday 11 January 2015.
Why have we chosen this one?
- It’s in our home state, beautiful Tasmania Australia – we won’t have to travel that far, it’s just a drive down the highway instead of a plane journey.
- As Louise said today, we did the Cadbury Half Marathon this year so we know the course and we know that it is a well organised event and lots of fun.
- It has a great medal!
- It comes with goodie bags FULL of chocolate!
- We loved having VIP registration this year – lots of port-a-loos, massages, breakfast and coffee afterwards and more chocolate than you could poke a stick at!
How do I feel about the laps? A bit nervous! It’s two laps of the same course, but scenic and flat (mostly).
Last year I asked our wonderful Coach what he thought about us running Cadbury Marathon for this January gone. I distinctly remember him shaking his head and saying it was too soon after Point to Pinnacle – not enough recovery time for where we were with our running. Last Sunday when I asked him what he thought about this event for 2015 he said that it would be very doable for us considering all the running we’ve been doing lately. He did caution us to be prepared to cut back to the half marathon distance if we don’t pull up well after the Point to Pinnacle.
Point to Pinnacle will always be my Holy Grail of running events. The event that I thought I could NEVER do in a million years. Pauly and I were so prepared for this last year. Even though it was running 21.4km all uphill with a 1250m rise in altitude, we made it! The magic of that event, I will never forget. And we got to run this event last year with runners from The Running Group who through the training runs became firm and treasured friends. It is going to be our privilege to run with Louise on her first Point to Pinnacle in only five months’ time. An opportunity to relive the magic, AWESOME! And I think there are a few Tasmanian runners who follow the blog who also will be running – you are all in for the most amazing experience! Get your hillitude on!
Yes, we did it, there we are at the top after running up that mountain.
Happy happy happy memories!
~ truly anything is possible now ~
But back to chocolate. To think the Unsporty Woman is going to be at the start line of a marathon! A marathon…you know, that really really really long one! 42.2kms. And not on my own, Pauly will be there and Louise. Together we will set off to conquer the marathon distance and to know the joy and election of giving it our best shot to become marathoners!
Happy running 🙂
PS now to get a plan and some long runs sorted…can’t wait! If anyone wants to join Huey, Dewey and Louie in this marathon attempt, the more the merrier I say! Just think of the chocolate!