Marathon Update: Ch…Ch…Changes

26.2 miles  Marathon  It was all worth it in the end!
Looks like it will be a while longer until I get my next one!

So in October I logged onto the LA Marathon site to register for the marathon and I noticed that the website had changed. Most importantly to me, the sentence that started “Participants who cross the finish line after…” had changed.

When I decided to enter the LA Marathon that sentence had read “Participants who cross the finish line after 8:00:00 are not guaranteed to be recognized as Official Finishers and are not guaranteed a medal or finishing time.”

The sentence as it appeared that morning in October read “Participants who cross the finish line after 6:30:00 are not guaranteed to be recognized as Official Finishers and are not guaranteed a medal or finishing time.”

I had set a goal to finish the LA Marathon in 7:30:00, an hour faster than I had trained to finish Seattle.  Now I would have to take another hour off my time in 8 months, and considering how much I do well and truly suck at running, that seemed unlikely.

This created a weird situation since, by that point, I was involved in my IRONMAN training (in fact, the idea to do the IM came from some audiobooks that I was listening to trying to psych myself up to do this marathon.)

I’ve been working to increase my speed but it has become clear that it would be very touch and go as to whether or not I would be able to finish in 6.5 hours, and I have no desire to DNF a marathon I don’t have to do.

So I’m definitely doing another marathon before the IM, but it’s not going to be LA this year. At this point I’m not sure which one, I’m looking at options and working with my coach – there is a lot to take into account including location and travel, my race schedule leading up to the IM, do I want to find one with a longer time limit sooner, or give myself more time to pick up my pace etc.

Meanwhile I’m happy that I’m making really good progress on the spin bike, and my first attempt at swimming laps went way better than I had hoped!  The running is still by far the most difficult thing for me, but I’ll get there. I’m sad not to run the LA marathon this year but I’m excited to finish a marathon, an IM, and everything in between.

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5 thoughts on “Marathon Update: Ch…Ch…Changes

  1. I’m sorry that you won’t be in the LA Marathon, I’m sure it is a disappointment at some level with all the training you’ve put into it. I personally hate the feeling of being let down by something I was planning on. Stupid race¡ 🙂 Best wishes finding something thats a better fit for your training routine I’ll be following along and cheering for you whatever you decide to do.

  2. That stinks about the time change. At my most in shape, I was still a slow runner and wouldn’t have been sure if I would have been able to finish as an official finisher. I was last for awhile in my first half marathon, as I ran it with a partner and he did the first half. It’s pretty stressful being unsure if you’ll be asked to leave the course.

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