Next years races

So now that I know I’m not running London in 2017 (and to keep you updated, now that there is no Cardiff Marathon happening either, I’m pretty sure I’m ok with the idea of not running a marathon anytime soon), I’ve been having a think about what races I do want to run.

I’ve decided I definitely need to sign up to run something, because it does motivate me to actually go out and run. I need that motivation, and I need the eventual reward (in the form of a shiny medal). So I’ve been having a look at some potentials and these are what I have so far:-

St David’s Day 5k/10k – Cardiff:

This takes place in March on the Sunday that falls closest to St. Davids day (5th March in 2017). There is a 5k and a 10k option. Last year we both ran the 5k option, and despite the fact that my shoes gave me the most HORRENDOUS blisters I’ve ever experienced in my life, I (weirdly) still remember this race as an enjoyable one. Next year I think Gid will run the 10k option (as he’ll be doing marathon training), and I’ll probably stick with the 5k one, because why not?

Also, they showed some new medal designs on facebook a little while ago and they look NICCEEEEE. You know I’m all about the medals!!

Winterpark 10k – Florida:

At the end of March, we’ll be on holiday in DISNEYWORLD!!! YIPPPEEEEEEEEEE!!!! Gid will still have to train for his marathon whilst on holiday so we had a little looksie to see if there were any races out there we could do and we found the Winterpark 10k. It’s through a lovely area of Orlando which will be so fun to explore. It starts at 7.30am so shouldn’t be too warm yet and the race swag looks A-MAZING! A t-shirt, a pint glass and a medal!!! Whaaaaaat!?!??!?!

Ok… so actually thats all I have so far. But two is enough for now. It’ll be great to have some mini goals for me and some mini races for Gid as he trains for London (he might throw in a half somewhere too if we can find one), and then when he’s done London we can choose some more races for the autumn season! It’s good to have some goals though, and I’m already looking forward to running both these races!

 

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Hello…. it’s me….

You may have wondered where I’ve been for the last few weeks (or you may not have – whatevs :P), truth is, since the Swansea 10k last month I have ran a total of 0 miles, and so I’ve not really had anything to blog about.

It started as a week off, as you do after ‘events’. And then poor Gideon dislocated his shoulder (again) so his inability to run for a couple of weeks meant that I also couldn’t be bothered to run and 1 week turned into 3. And then I started my new job, which is full time and has a hefty commute, so I’ve been using the excuse of ‘getting used to the new pattern of working’. But now at last I think it’s time to start again, so after this weekend (as we are going away) I’ll be lacing up the trainers once more and hitting the road.

Earlier this week this happened:

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We both had the ‘I’m sorry’ magazine. Which means no London Marathon 2017 (for me at least, but I’ll get to that…). I said before that I wasn’t really sure anymore if a marathon was something I wanted to do right at this moment in time. I’m still not really sure, but I must admit that I was more disappointed not to have got a ballot place than I thought I would be. What I can’t work out however, is whether this disappointment is because I won’t be running a marathon (in which case I could potentially do something about that) or because I won’t be running the LONDON MARATHON (in which case, not much I can do, for reasons again I will explain in a moment…).

The day after our ballot results, Gideon was offered a charity place to run for Children with Cancer! I’m so pleased for him, because the dream was to run it before we turn 30 and his time is running out! (actually technically he’ll already just be 30 when the marathon happens, but we’ll still call it a goal accomplished as it will be his 30th year of life). I on the other hand have 3 years before I turn 30 so a few more chances at getting a ballot place or a potential charity place in the future.

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If I really want to run it why don’t I just get a charity place now I hear you say?? Well a) I’m still not convinced I do really want to run it, and b) charities ask you to fundraise a minimum amount for London, and with two of us running that minimum amount would be pretty large and potentially quite hard to reach. So if I’m going to run London I’m going to save it for another year.

However… there is still the issue of whether I want to run a marathon, or whether – for me – it has to be the London Marathon? There are after all plenty of other marathons. There is the Disney marathon, there is the new Cardiff marathon that was recently announced. Would I be happy running a different marathon, or does it have to be London? Gideon will after all, be training all winter and I’m likely to get dragged along on a fair few of those runs. I could obviously just tag along for moral support for part of the distance on the longer runs if I wasn’t training for a marathon. But then again, I could sign up for a marathon around the same time as his and we could train together and motivate each other. Would this make me more likely to stick to training than if I had to do it on my own at another time?

Many things to think about, and lots to ponder. I’m not going to make any decisions now. There are still a couple of months before Gideon’s training for London will really start to intensify, so I think I’m just going to run with him for now as normal and see how I feel in the deep dark depths of winter –  see if that marathon jealously is still lingering, or if it’s been extinguished. And at the same time I’ll do a bit of research, I’ll see what options are available to me, and if something clearly takes my fancy perhaps I’ll take the plunge. After all, there really is no ‘right’ time to do anything, so perhaps the time is now.