Running Away From “What If”…


I slipped next to my laptop and accidentally registered for a half marathon….the San Francisco Half Marathon to be precise. My arch-nemesis. 

Why do I hold this marathon in such high regard? Because I was in training for it when I got injured last year.  It literally broke me. I’ve been in recovery ever since.

Having finally gotten back to some solid running over the last few months, thanks to Operation Move, I’m setting my sights on the future.

In a few short weeks I’ll be in Vancouver, Canada, running a 10km race which will not be a race for me. It will be a plod interspersed with lots of walking breaks and probably a tiny bit of disappointment when I don’t make it anywhere close to my PB time of 52 minutes. 

I signed up for that one a couple of weeks into my foray back into running, as a way of staying motivated and having an event to look forward to.

Suffice to say I’m a little worried about running a course I’ve never seen before, in a country I’ve never been to before, in a climate that’s decidedly chillier than I’m used to.

There are so many questions! What do I wear? How do I know I’m not going to be too hot or too cold? The race bans earphones but is that more of a suggestion than a hard and fast rule?

And then there’s the fact that in training I’m still running nine minute intervals. By that I mean I run for nine minutes, walk for one minute and repeat. Even then my longest distance is only about 6km (because I’m hopeless at slowing my pace down).

But I kind of don’t really care to be honest. I’ll get out there and run what I can and walk what I can because I love the race day atmosphere. I love the sense of accomplishment but most of all, I love a medal. 

I’ve also just managed to join in with the Oiselle Volee team and I’m hoping to meet a few of them on race day to help ease the nerves. 

So the other day when I was scrolling through instagram and saw the post about SF Marathon entry prices increasing the next day, I had a decision to make.

If my visa renewal application gets rejected I won’t be here to run it. If my hip doesn’t hold out through the training schedule, I won’t be able to run it (AGAIN!). But what’s the point of living through a bunch of “what ifs”?


I now hold an entry to the first half marathon… because if I’m going to run SF, it’s going to be over the Golden Gate Bridge and along the coastline. Sure it starts a little early in the day, but so do must of my training runs.

I’ll see you at the starting line! 

Linking up with Wild Workout Wednesday, the Coaches Corner Link UpThe Ultimate Rabbit Hole #92 and the Sunday Fitness and Food Link Up.

24 thoughts on “Running Away From “What If”…

  1. I'm excited about Vancouver as well but it's scarily close! And at the end of a holiday that includes Thanksgiving eating. Which may not end well.
    Haha, Hokas are great. Just not for me. But I had taken the picture and I needed one so that's how it ended up here. They look so pretty though!

  2. Good on you! I'm a bit sporadic with my running and have definitely bought event entries that I have not used. It's good motivation to have an event coming up, but so disappointing when it passes you by. Perhaps I'll do the Sun Run in the new year. Thanks for the motivation and best of luck with your training!

  3. Good Luck in Vancouver! What a gorgeous place to run!! I would love to do the San Francisco Race, I have a group of friends that are heading there to do it and have a fun girl's weekend. Fingers crossed that you are abel to do it!! Thanks so much for linking up at Sunday Fitness & Food 🙂

  4. Hahaha, it's funny you say that Karin – my favourite running top is a Nike one! Now, you know that I'm biased since Operation Move was how I got my uncoordinated, lazy butt off the couch and out the door, but there's something to be said for having a community of people encouraging and motivating you.

  5. Hi Kat – I love that you signed up for a 10K in Vancouver! You are absolutely right, participating in a race is also about the whole atmosphere and the positive vibes of the running community! I love your Hokas!! I think it's great you are keeping the San Francisco Half on your list. I'd love to run that one, too!!

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