To marathon or not to marathon


I might have bitten off more than I can chew.

When I started this blog, I hoped it would be an upward trajectory of increasing awesomeness as I got closer to my ultimate goal of Ironman NZ.

Unfortunately it hasn’t quite turned out like that.

To give me some markers and things to aim for along the way, I signed up for a few races including the SMH Half Marathon, City to Surf, the Sydney Marathon and the Husky Olympic (with a view to adding more athletic endeavors as I go).

It all started well enough, taking ten minutes off my half marathon PB back in May.

But since then my nice settled existence has been somewhat disrupted, and all of a sudden early morning exercise has been replaced by boozing, eating out and not all that much in the way of sleep.

I have reassured myself that in the grand scheme of things, better to get it out my system now than when I am in full blown training lock down.

But it has left me with a bit of a dilemma – I now only have 8 weeks until the Sydney Marathon, having done next to no training, and the furthest I have ever run in one go is still 21km.

So at this point I basically have two options, do I A) sack it all in, or B) attempt to condense what should be a 16 week training program into half the time?

Obviously neither of those options is particularly appealing, as it is anything but a black or white decision. In fact, when I started writing this post I still wasn’t entirely sure either way.

But the more I think about it, the more I come to the conclusion that my ultimate goal is the Ironman and I would therefore much rather chalk this one down to experience than risk running at less than 100% and potentially setting myself back either physically or mentally (or both).


Highlight of the week: I am finally back in the game. Managed to do swim, run and bike sessions in a single week in the first time since forever.

Lowlight of the week: Realising just how much work my swimming needs. I did my first ever squad session on Saturday and it turns out everything I have been doing to date is the equivalent of a light jog around the block. Saying that, it was awesome fun and I can’t wait till next week.

4 thoughts on “To marathon or not to marathon

  1. correlemartha

    If all you want to do is finish, you can probably still do it. However you can’t have a time goal in mind. Make sure you do at least 3 long runs, up to 20-23 miles, at least for one of them.


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