A post that’s not really about Boston. Much.

 

What happened at Boston was awful.

There’s half of me desperately sad and horrified abut what happened, and another half reserved for those people who worked so, so hard to get there (and let’s out this into context for the non-runners – you don’t just sign up for Boston, you have to have raced and achieved a qualifying time, been accepted into the race, and then trained to run the race of your life) but who never saw the finish line. Nothing makes sense.


The runners who never saw the end.



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Always one to step back a bit, as one of my friends pointed out, this wasn’t the only explosion the world was dealing with, yet it took up the whole of Australia’s news. Iraq was on fire, but we’re so used to it, it didn’t raise an eyebrow. All of it is sickening. But for this runner, it’s all about Boston, and I know I’m not the only one.

Much love also to Lisa, who has been featured on Run with Kate before, and who ran and finished Boston just before the explosions - her blog is here if you’d like to send her some love. The same for our Neon Blonde Runner, Kat, and Phaedra, of Blisters and Black Toenails. I’m sure I’ve left out people, so comment below if that’s you!

However, this is not a post about Boston, or any other attack. So many of my friends have eloquently expressed what happened, and how the running community feels.  If you’d like to read about Boston in the running community, here are a couple of the posts that I’ve loved:

Hollie wrote about Boston from a different perspective, likening the marathon to a graduation ceremony.

Our Marathon Mom wasn’t there this year, but she did write a short and sweet post after the event. 

If you just want to read about Boston today, that’s ok, head over the links above. I’m going to start writing more selfishly now, and that’s my problem!

 

It’s about speed

As I was running the Canberra Half Marathon on Sunday (oh yeah, sorry, I’ve seriously been MIA, I ran my first half marathon on the weekend), it struck me that I might not actually want to run another marathon just yet.

Superwoman and I after the race.

Superwoman and I after the race.

I mean, I do.

But I don’t.

The Melbourne Marathon was incredible, and it hurt me, big time. So naturally I want to tackle the beast for round 2. I was all set to run Blackmores (Sydney), and then, cruising along on Sunday, it hit me that maybe this year wasn’t the year.

I realise that all of us have self-doubt when we run. On Sunday, I felt particularly crappy – I had major stomach cramps, I wasn’t well-fueled, I hadn’t prepared all that well, my garmin died, I couldn’t take on any fuel mid-race thanks to Monsieur le Stomach, and for the last 8km, I didn’t even drink water (far too risky!). I cruised most of the way, and ended up with a respectable time for me -

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On the flip-side, I got the chance to catch up with Jarrod mid-race, which was amazing, and definitely made it a nicer run. I never saw Jenelle, but she ran a 3:33 for the full marathon – so much respect!

For me, it’s this simple – I want to be faster. Much faster.

Kate

Boo yah!

I can’t work on speed and still train for a marathon and do it well. I haven’t been posting, which is something I love – if I don’t have the time to post, how the hell can I give the time to do a marathon properly?

So here’s my new plan.

Speed. 

That is all. I am deferring my marathon plans for at least a year. In the mean-time, I’m working on getting stronger, fitter, and faster.

 

That’s it.

I’ll leave you with Mr The Rake’s loving hello from last night. I asked him if he was ok when he came home and sat down.

Having a nice, quiet sit, and no-one’s talking about Aldi.

Don’t talk about Aldi. I’ll cut you. 

Poor guy. He’d been in court all day.

 

Your Turn!

Thoughts about Boston? 
Speed vs marathoning – go!
What have I missed in bog land?

9 comments

  1. While NOT finishing a marathon can in no way be compared to even the death of one person, let alone the horror and devastation of the bombing, as a runner I can still empathize with the runners who worked so hard, sometimes for years, to get to what was supposed to be the race of their lives. I too was following Lisa yesterday, celebrated when I saw that she had finished, and couldn’t believe it a few minutes later when my husband called to tell me what was happening. It makes me so angry and sad that things like this keep happening. I hope that they find the person or people responsible quickly so that we can again start to heal.
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    • Kate says:

      And it’s taken me so long to reply to this that they have found the alleged culprits. Thanks for this comment Debbie, it puts it all beautifully.

  2. Kat says:

    I still have a heavy heart but ill keep running! Hope you’re doing well homie!
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  3. jenna says:

    god, kate! ive missed you!!!!! so glad youre back!:o) changing up your plan from marathon to speed will suit you well, I pray! I hope everything else is going well! love you!

  4. Smart girl. I said I was going to work on speed this training schedule. It is so hard to put in the required miles for marathon training and still get in speed work, at least for me anyway!
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  5. Nancy says:

    Your post says it just right. First and foremost, we feel for those who lost their life, were injured and witness the event. Part of me also felt incredibly sad for those who invested so much in this marathon and were denied the chance to finish. In the big scheme of things they are still alive, but that feeling of finally accomplishing something that is bigger than yourself is something nobody should be denied. It’s not much, but when I ran a 5km yesterday I thought of all those people. 5km doesn’t sound like much but after participating in a team event that meant 5 relays of 8+kms over 30 hours non-stop, no sleep my legs were so tight and stiff yesterday. 1km in I seriously thought of turning around and going home to ice my calves. But, I pushed through. I had the priviledge of running and completing what I set out to do. And so even if every step was hurting I kept thinking of those folks with 5kms left who were denied that benefit and I pushed through and completed what I set out to do.
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  6. Holly KN says:

    There is NO shame to be had in taking a year to recoup, strengthen, speed up, and get ready for a marathon NEXT year. Running is a long-term sport, and good running requires patience – sometimes it’s important to take a step back and look at it in terms of 1, 2, and 5 YEAR goals. This is not cowardly or shameful – it is WISE and FORWARD-THINKING.

    [In fact, I just told a running friend that I might opt out of marathon training this summer in lieu of a half-marathon (a distance I could cover if I stepped out the door right now), because I wasn't quite sure that I - and my body - were ready for the mileage and speed required to train for and run the kind of marathon I'd like. I *could* finish the distance - I'm just not sure I'm ready to do it on my terms yet, although to other people, it seems obvious that I can/could/should.]

    So do some cross-training, experiment with some faster workouts (choose some shorter goal races), do some research/find a plan/coach, and get psyched. Speed work is also fantastic mental training! [And marathon training and speed work aren't exclusive, if you are strong and have sufficient base mileage. By next year, you will!]
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