I love the process of training for a marathon. I love the discipline and routine. I love the feeling of getting stronger and the sense of achievement.
But, here’s the thing, I also love it when it’s over!
Running a marathon is a triumph. A culmination not just of a long, hard morning’s running, but of weeks of hard work. On days when you’re too busy. On days when you don’t feel like running. On days when you wish you could swap for an easier session. On days when it’s too hot. On days when it’s too wet.
But you just have to keep running. Because you’re training for a marathon.
I loved all of that. But I was looking forward to not having my life ruled by running. I was looking forward to running some faster parkruns. And running some of my favourite half marathons. (Yes, my life is still all about running, but it’s not about running quite so far.)
I knew I would run another marathon. But I wanted it to be in spring 2023. I wanted to enjoy other running next year.
He’d actually done nearly all of the long runs with me the first time I ran Newport, although he hadn’t wanted to run the race at that time. And he’d done two-thirds of the training for Brighton marathon 2020 before it got cancelled.
So he really, really wanted to run a marathon!
He looked to see if there was anything left for this year, but there was only one at Oulton Park Grand Prix track – running round and round the track. That sounded completely soul destroying.
So his friend suggested he sign up for Manchester marathon next spring. And of course he couldn’t sign up without me! We’ve trained together for a long time now. We need to run this marathon together. We will probably even sign up for Newport again as a back-up.
Hopefully he will finally get to run his marathon.
So there goes all my plans for getting back to easier running.
Manchester marathon is on 3rd April. By my calculations, I’ll need to start training again JUST BEFORE CHRISTMAS. So I’ve only got a few weeks to get back to faster parkruns before I have to slow them down again.
Bring it on!