Adjusting My Running Goals

St Patrick's day road race

[twitter]One of the best early season races in Calgary is the St Patrick’s Day Road Race. For me, it came at a perfect time to test my early training for the two big races on my calendar for 2012; Team Diabetes Iceland, and the Calgary Half Marathon.

Nearly 1000 runners did 5k or 10k loops in Glenmore for the 25th Anniversary run on March 17, 2012. It’s a great event benefiting Team Diabetes that features one of the best draw prizes on the circuit – a chance to win your weight in Steamwhistle beer!

The morning of the run, I realized this was to be the longest distance I had run in nearly 3 years. To get ready for the race, I had to take a number off my race belt from a 2010 trip to Rio with Team Diabetes. My training had not been good before that run and I dropped out of the half marathon to run a 6k.

Before that, my longest run was the Easter Island Marathon in 2009. Nothing more than 6k in nearly 30+ months is not a good way to maintain training.

As you can imagine, with that kind of layoff, my time was one of the slowest of my adult running career – just over 62 minutes. Compare that to my best ever run of just under 48 minutes 6 years ago and you can appreciate age and the couch have caught up to me.

St Patrick's day road raceThat said, I was proud of the run. I was glad to be back on the paths and breathing heavy. However, I have decided to pull back from my goal for Iceland. I won’t be running the marathon, but rather the half. I have done 4 marathons in my lifetime, and while I would love to round it to an “even 5”, I don’t know if it’s worth it.

Half marathons are a great distance. They’re a challenge, but they don’t kill you. You have to do serious training to get through 22k, but it’s not anything that really hurts. The best part, is I can actually “run” a half marathon. I have completed 4 marathons, but I have yet to run 1. I continually bonk in the last 10k.

So to complete the Calgary Half Marathon in May, the Stampede Road Race Half Marathon in July, and the half marathon in Reykjavik running beside my wife would make for a perfect 2012.

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  1. Adam Kahtava March 22, 2012 at 9:35 am

    I think you should stick with the full marathon in Iceland or at least see how you feel after your next 21km race before making the decision to drop down. I wouldn’t let your recent 10km race result sway your goals You still have lots of time to train.

  2. Buzz March 22, 2012 at 9:39 am

    I’m not judging based on my time, I’m judging based on the time I’ll have to expend training. I’ve done 4 marathons, and, for now, I’m fine with that. Marathon training takes a toll, I’m just not willing to pay that price this year.

  3. Adam Kahtava March 27, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    If Reykjavik is in August, that would leave four months to train. Training for a reasonable marathon takes an average of four hours weekly over three months. It is a price to pay in terms of time. On the other hand four hours pales in comparison to the 20+ hours Canadians spend watching TV.

    I don’t know your personal time constraints, but I hoped to encourage you to keep your marathon goal in sight.

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