The Boston Marathon. That is the question.
Is racing on April 20th a good idea? I’m just.not.sure.
As of now I am registered for the 2015 Boston Marathon. Well it was so damn easy to hit the ‘register’ button this fall. Since I qualified at last year’s race and it’s local to where I live, it seemed like a no-brainer. At the time, I assumed it would be a great idea. After all, I raced Boston last year AND IMMT four months later. And I survived didn’t I? I should also mention that I ran Boston injured last year, when I was told it wasn’t a good idea. As a result Plantar Fasciitis plagued me ALL of last summer.
So, if I’m feeling better this time around, you might ask, why wouldn’t I run Boston?
The truth is, my goals are different this year. I’m not trying to finish, just to finish at Ironman Mont-Tremblant, I’m trying to PR at Ironman Mont-Tremblant… and potentially get a ticket to the Big Island. Oh and not to mention, I’m injury prone. Womp womp. If in fact I qualify for Kona (that’s a BIG IF), that would mean running three Marathons in 2015 (counting the marathons in each Ironman + Boston). That’s a lot of load on these little legs.
The truth is…
I need to be honest with myself and accept the fact that I am injury prone. Instead of getting all pissed off that my friends (and people on social media) can do more training and racing than me and not get injured, I need to accept my body for what it is. Comparison is the thief of joy, right?
I’ve had a knee surgery, I have motor control issues and imbalances. I have a very small frame and I’m quite petite. I’m trying to get stronger, but I have always been somewhat breakable. I can only handle so much volume without getting hurt, it’s the honest truth, and it sucks. It can be BEYOND frustrating that something is ‘always’ wrong, but I have kind of learned to accept it. I hope this doesn’t come off as whining, but I’m trying to be realistic. Perhaps I’m getting wiser with age:) Realizing that I just can’t do it all.
I go through periods of denial where I think: I’ll be fine no matter what, but this is not the case. This whole ‘knee thing’ over the past six weeks got me thinking about my body and accepting reality. Sure there are plenty of triathletes who can do Marathon after Marathon, Ironman after Ironman, and come out unscathed… but I am not one of those athletes. After all these years, I’m finally getting it, I need
extra time to heal. Even with an arsenal of chiropractors, PT’s, and massage therapists, I still need extra time! Probably more than the average triathlete. Where I get into trouble is, when I don’t give myself time to recover, I get injured, or just barely get by.
There is always risk when training for a Marathon, but now there is more risk.
Since I am just getting over knee pain, training and racing Boston is risky. I know I am capable of running Boston (I’ve done it twice now), but I also know how much that course BEATS you up. I firmly believe that a stand alone Boston Marathon beats your legs up more than an Ironman. Last year I had ONE week of rest in between Boston and ramping up training for IMMT. I felt like I never had a break, considering peak training for IMMT is just 2-3 months after Boston.
I have a gut feeling that Boston isn’t the smartest idea. Last year I was fired up because of the tragic events in 2013. I wanted to be with everyone in 2014, proving to the world how strong we all were. This time around, I’m sort of like… ‘what’s the point?’ ‘I have nothing to prove.’
What’s the plan as of now?
Coach (Jorge) and I have Boston on the calendar, but it’s more ‘penciled in’ than with permanent ink. We are going to pick up my mileage starting next week and see how I respond. If I continue to respond well, maybe, just maybe, I will run Boston. If there is any indication of injury, I am probably not going to run the race. We are just taking it day by day right now. The nice thing is, I don’t feel any pressure and it feels awesome:) Who knows, I might just run Boston AND still qualify for Kona… only time will tell.
What if I don’t run Boston this year?
I will defer to next year… luckily the BAA allows you to do this. Instead, I’ll race either a Half Marathon or (70.3) Half Ironman in the early spring (March/April). The problem with a 70.3 in the early spring is, I would have to travel via airplane to get to any of those (warmer) 70.3 destination races. Due to cost, this would mean probably doing a local half marathon instead.
Would love to hear your thoughts on racing Boston and IMMT in the same year, since I am horrible with making decisions!