I was asked by Becca if I thought it was a wise idea to make a goal time for a first marathon. To make this sound less awkward I’ll just rewrite the question like it’s an interview.
Do you think it’s a good idea to make a concrete goal time for a first marathon? Do you regret it?
First, I regret not looking at what the NYC marathon course actually consisted of. I regret not knowing that there were big elevation changes outside the bridges and not realizing that gradual uphills would be the death of me. If I had known that I probably would have changed my goal to 3:15. (Who could predict wind).
I think your primary goal for any road race (especially when you don’t know the distance) is to finish. Finishing a marathon, half marathon, 10k, 8k, 5k, ect injury free is a huge accomplishment. Never take it for granted.
I don’t regret making a goal time though. The marathon is like any other road race just longer. It involves more training but if you train appropriately you will finish. A 5k requires more training then finishing a 100 meter dash. (notice I said finishing). When I completed the marathon a wide range of emotion went through me. While yes I successfully completed my first marathon I don’t feel like it changed me. I don’t feel like some new women who only has to do marathons. I don’t feel like I had a life revelation and now can become inspirational. I feel exactly how I did before running the race. My opinion of running hasn’t changed.
When I first signed up for the NYC back in May I did it on my terms. I would have been able to train for a marathon 1 or even 2 years ago…but I didn’t feel like it. I didn’t see the point. I still felt like a runner whether I have run a marathon or 500 marathons. I didn’t feel pressure to sign up or that everyone is running a marathon so me too!
Will I run another marathon? Yes and maybe that marathon will give me the soul searching or new women experience others had. For now I’ll continue resting and recovering with hopes to run next week.
If you have any questions feel free to ask or email me at lolzthatswim(at)gmail
Questions for you:
What is your favorite running distance?
How did you feel after your first marathon?