I didn’t get a place in the 2012 London Marathon. So now I have some thinking to do. Do I really want to run a marathon? And if so, is London really the marathon for me?
Without wishing to state the bleeding obvious, marathon training is a time sink. So is being a nomadic parkrunner. The thought of trying to squeeze far flung parkruns, long runs, lunch with my mother and some much needed down time into a weekend is daunting to say the least. And of those four, it’s the long runs I’m least drawn to. By quite a long way.
But the lure of being someone who has run a marathon is strong. So let’s assume for a moment that I can sort out the logistics, what type of marathon do I want to run?
- Large, medium or small?
- Flat, undulating or positively hilly?
- Road or trail?
- Urban or rural?
Based on my parkrun and (limited) race experience, I’d say:
- small – I prefer parkruns to Windsor to Bupa 10k
- flat or undulating, but not hilly
- road or very, very benign trail
Now: does that really describe the London Marathon?