January 17, 2014
There’s a piece of paper I’ve been carrying in my backpack for several months. It felt like it was burning a hole in my pocket because it was time sensitive. It was like an opportunity that was ticking away.
Last fall I begrudgingly withdrew from the Berlin Marathon due to injury. I got some of my money back, and I didn’t pay for flight or hotel so I was glad I didn’t lose that money. When they sent me the cheque back with the partial refund they also included a “coupon code” and some instructions.
So I had until January 4 to take advantage of this guaranteed registration to the Berlin Marathon.
I had to do a lot of soul searching. I understood the costs. It came down to weighting goals: Do I want to run all the World Marathon Majors or concentrate on general health?
Going for a run does spectacular things for thinking. I think it was on Saturday, December 28 that I came to this epiphany. My Dopey Training has been successful in terms of strength, health, and weight loss. I worry that going back to the grind of Marathon training would jeopardize that all over again.
This may be blasphemy, but I’ve decided I won’t do another marathon until I’m fit enough to take a genuine shot at qualifying for Boston. I used the McMillian Running Calculator and it says I should be able to do a half-marathon in 1:27:54 to be sufficiently healthy to run a full-marathon in 3:05:00. So, I will not register for any marathons until I do a half in less than 1:27:54. That probably won’t happen this year, or even next year, but that’s the benchmark.
This has been on my mind for a while, and it’s why I struck out the new Marathon PB from my New Year’s Resolutions list. I’ll be focusing on the resolutions to lose 20 pounds of fat set a new Half-Marathon PB.
I guess one of the good things about that half-marathon distance is that I can make several, several attempts in a year. You only get about two good shots at a full-marathon each year.
My first crack at setting a new Half-Marathon PB will be the Chilly Half-Marathon in about 6 weeks. I’m looking forward to epic training between now and then!
Dear readers, do you think I’m doing the right thing?