I am not a gifted runner. I never have been. I was always the slowest in my class at school. Painfully slow. I didn’t even want to participate because I knew I would be last. Well, actually, second last, one girl was just a tad slower than me. However, it still made me not want to run.
This is not a post about my past as a runner, which is brief: I wasn’t, and now I am. It’s about not being naturally fast. There are people out there that can decided to run a marathon and easily break four hours. Heck, some even get close to the three hour mark their first try. I am not one. My first marathon was a a 4:46, which was in 2013. It was a huge accomplishment to me. I have never been surrounded by runners, no one I knew had run one before. I was hooked. The feeling of crossing that finish line was like nothing else I had ever experienced.
Putting out that I want to BQ, after a first marathon time that is over an hour slower than my BQ (3:40), is a scary thing. There may be judgement. I did get told that I could never run a half marathon (I showed them). But I need something that will keep me accountable. If I have something to report to each week, it may just help keep this seemingly impossible dream alive. So hopefully this blog will help me out.
Step 1 – Run a 12k
I’m heading to back to the city I grew up in, Perth, for a for a few weeks. Then I’ll be traveling/working on the East Coast of Australia. Naturally, I looked at what running events will be happening on my days off. The only one that seemed likely to work with my schedule is the HBF Run for a Reason. This event offers 3 distances, 4km, 12km, and a half marathon. Now, I find the distances odd. I’m used to 5kms and 10km runs. The distance I automatically wanted to run was the half marathon.
I started talking over it with my husband, which is basically me talking to myself with his blank stares and nods of approval. Now, I don’t know why I always shoot for the half over anything shorter. I think it’s because it doesn’t matter how slow I go, I did an awesome long run. Shorter distances scare me. You want to go out fast, but you still need a lot of endurance. In the end, the fact that I’ve already run a half marathon and a 4km run before, I have decided to try the 12km run. First off, it will automatically be a PR. Can’t get any better than that!! Secondly, I want to try and run faster. I will attempt to beat my PR 10km pace. (8:41min/mile)
The reason this is step 1 of my ‘Operation BQ’ is that the training will get my legs moving. I will only have about 6-8 weeks after the Hapalua Half Marathon and the 12km to train, which isn’t long. I will try to do lots of speed work. I won’t need to focus on super long runs, and can probably max out at 8 miles. (I think 12km is around 7.5 miles… I probably need to check on that!)
I will use this time to decide on what I’m ready for at the CIM. I have said before I want to break 3:50. The more I think about it though, the more I think that goal may be a little too lofty right now. So, if I happen to freaking rock this at manage to pull 8:00-8:30min/miles from somewhere (I doubt this will happen), I can try to run a 3:50 marathon. If I run around 8:45min/miles I will go for a sub 4 hour marathon. Anything inbetween, I’ll aim for a 3:55.
Sounds good. Now to figure out some sort of training plan for this 12km run!