Impatience and marathon near miss!

It’s been a busy couple of weeks hence no posts but I am getting myself together now 🙂

One of my ultra marathon runner friends announced recently that she and her fiance are getting married in the middle of the Marathon Du Medoc in France in September. It’s very typical of her and it’s going to be great fun – many of her friends are running it too and they are all running it together.

We are going to the wedding and I was suddenly struck with – yes I can do it too!

The Marathon du Medoc is not a race for personal bests or racing – it is more a fun race that weaves in and out of the many Chateaus in the Bordeaux region of France. France is one of my favourite countries in the world and I speak the language so it is always good fun to get back there.

The look of shock and horror on my husbands face was priceless when I said I was going to run the marathon, and I mentioned it to my running friend/mentor Roger who said – ” not a good idea. You are giving birth at the end of April – that gives you less than 4 months to recover, start running again and get marathon fit.”

Hmm hadn’t thought of that.

My friends are running it very slowly – for fun more than as a race and the novelty is getting married in the middle but I came back to reality and realised OK my husband and Roger were right – it’s too soon. What if there are complications in the birth, what if the baby is late… what about feeding the baby and my probably still melon sized boobs full of milk at that point – trying to run a long race would be interesting! –  a whole plethora of things went through my head.

Marathon du Medoc
The Marathon du Medoc is a very famous marathon that runs around/through many of the chateaux in Bordeaux with the option of sampling wine on the way!
Image take from http://www.thecourageoflungs.com

I came to the decision not to run it but found myself feeling quite miserable about it as the Marathon Du Medoc is meant to be an awesome race but not for me this year! Instead I will support my friends that are running, attend their awesome wedding and get back into my running gradually and enjoy the fact that I will be a new mum with a beautiful baby to look after – the running will come and the marathons will wait 🙂  and I may well do the Marathon  du Medoc in a few years – hmm yes I could coincide it with another trip to the UK – yes it could work out…..

I’ve found my hunger to run more marathons has returned with a vengeance – I think mainly because I haven’t been able to run in so long and crave that awesome running feeling – and I can’t wait to run and also to enter my first post baby marathon next year and run it with my beautiful friend – it will be her first.  Still contemplating LA as well – all depends if it coincides with when we want to do our trip around the US South West Coast – so many things to think about ….

Happy Running – have a great week!

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    1. Hi Harriet thanks for your comment 🙂 a marathon isn’t everyone’s cup of tea and I know lots of people that have been running a long time and have never run one and don’t want to. Well done on the half marathons and all the races you’ve done that’s awesome – keep going 🙂

      I guess one of the things i love about running is it is one of those things that you can just do. Just put your trainers on and go. I find it has helped when I am stressed and need to burn off anxiety or simply to keep fit. It’s been a great way to meet some amazing people some of which are great friends now.

      Keeping motivated generally I like to set myself goals. At the moment I am pregnant so my big goal is to give birth and get my fitness back but I will usually have a training program that I follow that increases in difficulty or has a goal at the end ie a race.

      Hope the running continues to go well and i look forward to following your journey 🙂 zoe

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