This was a phrase that I thought and said a lot pre-marathon.
After the marathon I’ll get in and tidy up the garden.
This has slowly started to happen. It’s the height of what is proving to be quite a wet but hot summer here. We’ve had some cool snaps but also some days in the low 30ºCs. After several sessions the garden is starting to look a lot more loved.
After the marathon I’ll get that cleaning and tidying done.
That’s slowly started to happen too. The house has had the big once over top to bottom. I just have the enormous four car-sized garage to do. There isn’t a lot to do but it needs a general sweep and tidy.
After the marathon I’ll set some real goals for 2015.
Guess what? I’m not setting goals this year. I know! Very strange for me. For the last two years I’ve had some concrete goals to work towards like running up mountains and running far. Last year, especially, I took massive minutes off many of my favourite events and distances, even winning a handicapped race complete with awesome trophy. I doubt I’ll ever have a running year like 2014 again.
2015 will be a year for fun. A year to be a little easier on me. A year to make plans rather than goals. So how are these plans taking shape? I’m glad you asked!
Nile 10 Mile, 22 February.
This is one of my favourite races. It has a small field of runners even for Tasmania. It’s flat and hot. It’s the one race I looked at that I thought seemed un-doabable. Why? Because I just wasn’t a good enough runner. And it was undoable until in 2013 I lined up at the start line and then ran to the finish line! It turned out that I was a good enough runner! Silly doubts! They were wrong.
Convicts and Wenches, 15 March 2015
This is one event I didn’t think I’d do. There are three options: 50kms, 25kms and 12kms. The reason I thought I wouldn’t do it is because it’s a trail run. Me and trail running haven’t exactly seen eye to eye. But I can’t imagine going to an event and watching everyone else run and not running myself. I’m going out of my comfort zone and will give it a try. I’ll walk the rough parts of the 25kms that I’m not confident to run.
Orewa Beach Half Marathon, 12 April 2015
This is the one in New Zealand just after our niece’s wedding. I’m still deciding on this one but knowing me I shall say what the heck and run!
Great Ocean Road Marathon, May 17 2015
I simply can’t wait for this one! We are doing the half marathon distance along Victoria’s beautiful Great Ocean Road. More on this later!
Run Melbourne, 26 July 2015
This was so much fun last year that we’ve already entered for 2015!
I’m somewhat undecided.
We have weddings coming up in November. Two. Paul’s youngest daughter recently announced her engagement, setting the date for mid-November 2015 and my daughter Anna is getting married the end of November 2015. It’s going to be a busy (and expensive) time. Do I run a marathon in Melbourne? Or do I stay home and run in Tasmania? The good thing with both events is that the fields are not capped so I have plenty of time to decide.
2015 is already looking like a fun year of running. Varied and interesting events some new and some we’ve done before.
I hope that 2015 is starting off on the best running foot for you. Running has to be fun. For me and I’m sure for you too, life is full of those have-to-do-things, those necessary but not always lovely things in life. Running is my happy place and I’m determined to keep it that way. The pressure valve was never really working properly with my running but what was there has been disconnected and thrown into the recycle bin. I’ll try and chase a few faster pace runs but if I don’t get there, as long as at the end I can say the training was fun and the race was fun, I will be happy. I simply can’t make running a chore like so many other things are. In fact running is the pressure release valve on my life. Thank heavens for running.
And on that note my secateurs are calling me!
Happy running 🙂
PS the reverse taper is going pretty well with a mixture of distances and speed sessions we are even back to cross training – I know because the DOMS are screaming at me today – it’s feeling pretty good too! And I mean that. We ran a marathon and now we are slowly getting back into our much loved running and training routine – love it!