It’s a Saturday and am not riding my bike.
And nope, I am not fussed. Given the time constraints that I have, today is the day I put my foot down, lace my shoes up, and start training properly for my first marathon. Yup, you read that right. I’ve never really done a stand-alone marathon event. The six 42k runs which I’ve done have always been preceded by a 3.8km swim and a 180km bike. I’m not downplaying those runs at all, but I think it’s high time I give myself a chance to try and start a 42km without my old unwanted companions Backache and Energy Deficit.
I’ve always known that my first marathon event was going to be special, and this year I am finally realizing my dream with the help of my Timex family, who was generous enough to give me a slot for the famous New York Marathon on Nov 4. Timex has been a part of the NYM for a long time now, and am happy to have their support, as well as the support of my local partners Timex Philippines, Unilab Active Health and Adidas Philippines.
Most of my major triathlon races of the year are done with, and now I finally feel like I have the all-clear to focus on one event. When I gave birth to Dash almost 9months ago now, I set certain goals for myself:
1. To race within two months: Check, Timex Run, Jan 22 2012.
2. To race a Half Ironman within the first quarter: Check, Aviva Singapore 70.3 March 18 2012.
3. To race an Ironman within the first 6mos: Check, Ironman Australia Port Macquarie May 6 2012.
4. To race New York Marathon with a decent runner’s time, 3.5weeks before Dash turns a year old.
5. To race Timex 226, our local Iron distance triathlon, to mark the weekend of Dash’s 1st birthday!
Looking at the calendar, I have 10weeks to prepare for no.4 and 14 weeks to prepare for no.5. At this point though, a run focus is what the heart and soul is asking for, and THANK GOD the body is healthy and injury-free.
If I were to be brutally honest to myself, I just haven’t done the work this year to merit being called a marathon runner. I have too much respect for the distance. When I was training for Ironman Australia, the longest run I did was 22k. Granted, I only had a very small window of opportunity to do this as during the peak week of training for that race Dash was only 4mos old. So I am not beating myself up over that! But I told my husband Dan that I wanted to stop using Dash as an excuse after 6months–the “I just gave birth” card was just getting old. Maybe not for anyone else but for myself it was.
So I am calling on my inner Pam Reed as I will need that persevering spirit to help me last in the longest of my long runs. I am also calling on the Lady of Fortitude, the Lady of Endurance and the Lady of Multi Tasking Moms. Why we don’t have icons in their images beats me. I would also like to honor the original marathoner, Pheidippides (and pray that I don’t suffer his fate!).
To my fellow would-be marathon inductees, happy running and see you at the finish line…the proof is in the pavement.