It’s been about a month since my half marathon, and I’ve now been sick three times. First, I caught a cold from L. NBD. Then, she got the flu, and I came down with something way more mild but similar – low grade fever, body aches, and chills. What was it? Who knows. But it was something. And then, last week, I had sore throat, low grade fever and chills for a couple days, with a bit of lingering congestion and malaise.
On top of this, Monday night I sprained / pulled a muscle in my calf while Irish dancing with the kids. Yup, I’m definitely getting old. I can’t help but wonder if the stretching I’ve been doing has weakened my muscles at all. Or maybe I was just a bit weakened from my half marathon.
I had been planning to make a real go at a 10K at the beginning of May. At this point, though, I’ve only run sporadically for four weeks. I’ll still run it, but I feel my chances of doing well are mostly shot. Still, since I’ve never raced a 10K before, it’s a guaranteed PR. I’d hoped I could do well, as it’s a women’s race and not super competitive, but I guess I’ll just try and have fun. I had also planned to run a 5K next weekend, and I guess I’ll probably go ahead and do that since it’s very close to my house. I definitely need to keep my expectations low, though.
In the more distant future, I’m contemplating running in the Vancouver Marathon. It takes place in early May, so I’d basically have a year to prepare. I think training for a marathon would take my half marathon to the next level. Maybe. (Maybe I’m too old.) Running a marathon has long been a bucket list item for me, and I’ve just never really wanted to commit. However, I know that running and training brings me a lot of happiness, and I think i wouldn’t have to do THAT much more to successfully finish a marathon. I’d want to train so I could have a decent run with no death march at the end, but I wouldn’t be trying to run to my full capability as I think that would require more miles than I care to train.
The training plan I’m looking at maxes out at a 20 mile long run. I ran up to 14 training for my half marathon, so it’s not that much farther. The midweek runs are longer as well, and that would actually probably be the tough part. It’s very doable to set aside time to slog through a tough run on the weekend. It’s a lot harder to get up at the crack of dawn and run 10+ miles, often in the dark or the rain.
According to Hanson’s race equivalency calculator, a 1:43:04 half marathon is equivalent to a 3:34:53 marathon, or 8:12 minutes per mile. If I threw 30 seconds per mile on that and targeted 8:42 minutes per mile, that works out to a 3:48 marathon. That seems achievable to me and a good time to pace to aim for, assuming excellent conditions.
Anyway, this is just a percolating idea right now. If I keep getting sick, I might have to take up basket weaving. (Or, you know, one of my other hobbies that I’ve been neglecting like knitting or quilting.)