When I first made my plans and goals for the New York Marathon 2016 a few months ago, I wanted to run a BQ.
Then I changed that to just run a PB.
Well if you’ve been following my training or lack of, you’ll know that things haven’t been going exactly to plan. I’ve had some niggles, running has been HARD, both from a timing perspective, perceived effort and trying to stay injury free.
So, I’ve changed my goal for the New York City Marathon…
- Enjoy every minute of it.
- Try to run strong.
- Pace Zoe to a new PB
Those of you that read Zoe’s blog know that she’s been wanting a sub 4.30 for a while, and over dinner on Sunday (I got to see her very briefly when she was back in Europe for work) we chatted about me running with her and pacing her.
Zoe is one of my bridesmaids, and although I speak to her all the time on Whatsapp, chat regularly and see her every 6 or so months, I miss having her in London. Running with her will give us the perfect opportunity to catch up for 26.2 miles straight, plus we can recreate this incredible image from 2013 in the starting area.
My new goal race is in February, so NYCM will provide a solid endurance base to build my speed on, plus I will have been working on my strength with Brad for a decent amount of time by then to see the real gains of our training.
Originally I was really annoyed and disappointed that my training wasn’t going to plan, I was embarrassed to admit that I wouldn’t be in PB shape, but the reality is that priorities and plans change. I’m now moving house, planning a wedding, climbing Kilimanjaro, and trying to come back from some minor injuries – the reality is that marathon training isn’t my top priority at the moment.
I am excited for it to take more of a front seat when I get back from Tanzania, to explore Henley on foot, join a local run club and start adding some speed work onto the agenda, but the reality is that I will only have 12 weeks when I get back to the UK to train for the 26+ mile race and that just isn’t enough for me to get into peak condition.
So I’m adapting my plans and changing my goals. Ultimately, running should be fun, and I know I’ll have the most fun running through the Boroughs of New York alongside my oldest running buddy!
So my take away from this post is that it doesn’t matter if you adjust your goal, if you need to re-think your plans. There’s no point continuing down a path that isn’t quite right for you at that time – don’t be too proud to make a change!