Have you gone through a new year and think “I have actually not even really said what my plan is for the year.” This feels strange even typing. I am a BIG planner, everyone who knows me well knows this, yet for some reason, I actually like the idea of going with the flow a little…..well, we will see how I actually handle it, but right now, it seems like the right thing to do.
Back when I was trying to get onto the GB team, I knew that there is only a very small chance I would be selected. There were too many women faster and more experienced on the world stage than I am, but I wanted to give myself the absolute best chance to show them that I am ready by the time the selection committee make their decision on March 7, 2016.
The final team is decided only 15 days before the race.
That did bother me.
I started off the race with the thought that if I was not selected that year, I WOULD keep trying, and eventually I WOULD get that vest/jersey in my hands. This is not my final chance, its just the first time I have really seen it close enough to chase it down.
So what if I am not selected?
Surely we need to have a backup, and we do.
If I am not selected to run for Great Britain that year, we will make some changes to my plan, and I will race London Marathon on April 24th.
That did not leave me much time to prepare as a marathoner, BUT by working on my speed last segment, but keeping the mileage and long runs going, I will be able to train for the half while still building enough of a base to just put some final pieces in place before the race.
I understand this will mean that I am risking not being in as great shape as I could be for London, but I would rather get to the line healthy, knowing that I have shown the Great Britain selection committee that I am prepared to do whatever I need to in order for me to run for them.
This past half marathon segment proved that the speed work was just what I needed, and I believe I have enough of a base that we can make that transition if need be.
There will be other opportunities, and actually with the commonwealth games coming in a few years, in theory, I could run for England, Scotland or Wales (based on my heritage), which gives me more options, but Steve and I have decided this is the right thing to do.
Before someone asks if you can do both?
In the qualifying document, it basically says that if you are definitely doing London, you will not be selected for the world half marathon team…..because at that point you will be well into your marathon training.
As I am not yet sure which English runners are running the London marathon, I don’t really know much.
I wanted to share this with you today, as an update to my situation as many of you have asked, but also to show you that even for elites, who get to chose which races they can do, we are very lucky in the way we do not have to go into a lottery for entry of a race, or plan years in advance to run the Boston marathon, but we are kept waiting a lot of the time.
We do have to prepare for the unexpected, and this is a lesson to us all, to let life unfold for us the way it was meant to, and do your best to just be.
Last year I let myself just be in my races. Just focusing on running hard, and letting the result take care of itself. It was one of my best choices, and this year, I intend on applying that same principle to the rest of my life, and I encourage you to also.
What have you had to wait for in your running life?
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