Thinking of a marathon

AFTER months of training in the cold and dark winter months, spring could finally have arrived.

The sun is shining, the sky a brilliant blue, and although there is still a chill in the air it is much warmer than it has been.

My run today was an off-road 12 miler in the Yorkshire countryside. Most of my winter training is done in the dark, which means I stay on the road. It was fantastic to be out running in daylight and off-road. For me, this really does mark the end of winter and the start of spring.

This is one of my favourite times of year. The extra daylight makes so much difference to training, to everything really. I always feel more positive in spring. I get a feeling that anything is possible. I really got that feeling today. In fact, a few miles into the run when I was relaxing and letting my mind drift, well, I started thinking about marathons.

This rarely happens. I’m not a marathon runner. This is what I tell myself. This is what I tell other people. Say NO to marathons should be my mantra.

I’ve done two marathons in my life. One in 2006. One in 2009. I survived both, but it was messy, very messy. The training was all wrong.  I didn’t really know what I was doing. The first one took six hours (45 minutes queuing for the loo), the second five hours 19 minutes.

Since then, I’ve focused on getting faster, and decided to avoid marathons. When anyone mentions the M word,  the barrier goes up. Say No to marathons. It’s a long way. It involves doing a lot of long runs, and long runs aren’t really my thing.

But today, as I was running through the woods and enjoying myself in the sunshine, I actually thought that maybe I could run another marathon, and run it well. Anything’s possible.

I could learn to love my long run. I could get into the right mindset. I might even enjoy it. If I did an autumn marathon it would be lovely to train through the summer months.

‘When’s the New York marathon?’ I asked Chris.

‘It’s late on. November. It’s always cold.’

I pictured myself running through Manhattan, over the bridges, through Central Park. If someone had given me an entry form today, I would have signed up, no messing.

But could I run a marathon?

‘You could do it.’ It was as though Chris was reading my mind. ‘You could.’

He’s right. I could. With spring here, and a long summer to come, maybe it’s time to put the doubts to one side, to believe in myself.

‘Do you want to run a marathon?’ Chris asked.

‘I’ll think about it.’

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I took this photo late afternoon, when it was just starting to cloud over and get dark.






  1. Tracy
    12th March 2016 / 8:28 pm

    YOU COULD do it Liz, of course you could, I mean CAN! Every single time I have seen you this year, you’ve had a whole new confident vibe emanating from you, in fact it’s infectious 🙂 I think that when Chris placed the ring on your finger, with it came a whole world of happiness, love and more ability to run a great marathon in New York. I’d love to read your blogs about the extra miles.
    Book it Liz and it will happen. 🙂
    Tracy (who believes in you) Hughes

    • 12th March 2016 / 10:28 pm

      Thanks Tracy 🙂 Really appreciate your support and your kind comments. Hope your running is going well xx

  2. Sarah Gough
    16th March 2016 / 4:10 pm

    Ooooo Marathon! I’m thinking about another autumn one too – “thinking”.
    It’s not the actual race that concerns me, it’s the relentless training you must do to ensure success. I think it would suit you Liz, you like structure and have the discipline to do it… and do it well. If we both get past the thinking stage and bite the bullet we can do some long runs together – but don’t be racing me that last mile!! 🙂

    • 16th March 2016 / 9:07 pm

      Let’s think about it a bit more. We don’t want to rush into anything. It’s the training that scares me. All those miles. At some point I do need to bite the bullet though, and long runs together would be good 🙂 Let me know if you make any decisions about which race to do. xx

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