Caroline Wozniacki fans might be wondering whether the Dane will be turning up again next autumn for a second consecutive run at the New York City marathon.
Well, wonder no more. Wozniacki answered that question at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships after winning her quarterfinal match 7-5, 6-0 over Flavia Pennetta on Thursday night.
“It’s too hard of work right now,” Wozniacki said. “It was amazing last year, and I wouldn’t have done anything different. I would have done it again if I would do it over. It was an unbelievable experience. But for now I’m just focusing on the tennis. I will do the charity work (associated with her run last year), but I will skip the running.”
Wozniacki smiled when asked to describe her entire 2015 New York City Marathon event and launched into a mile-by-mile — or more accurately kilometre-by-kilometre – narrative of her run. FYI: A marathon is 26.2 miles or 42 kilometre task.
“It was incredible,” Wozniacki enthused. “People told me about it before I started, and I had two pacers with me. The first 10K just flew by. I was like, ‘Oh, my God, this is amazing. I don’t really feel it.’ I’m just talking away.
“20Ks go by. I’m like, ‘This is amazing. I want to do this again next year. This is easy.’
“They were just like, ‘Shhh. Just don’t talk. Just save your energy.’ 25K, 30K, they’re like, ‘How are you feeling?’ I’m good. Waving to the crowd. Feeling great.
“35K, they are like, ‘How are you feeling?’ I’m like, ‘Don’t don’t talk to me. I don’t want to do this again. I’m done. Stop.’ They are like, ‘Look there’s a milkshake there.’ I’m like, ‘I don’t care about a milkshake. I just want to finish. Can we stop now? Let’s have a milkshake now, because I don’t care about this anymore.’
“They are like, ‘Come on. Just keep going.’ They kept talking to me.
“Then once we got into Central Park and I had two miles left, I was like, ‘Okay, I’m two miles away. Let’s just get this done fast. The faster I run, the faster I’m going to be home and I can relax.’ That’s when I saw the huge crowds, as well, and kind of that gave me the buzz in the end. They are like, ‘So, you want to do this again?’ I was like, ‘No.’
While Wozniacki isn’t doing any marathon length runs these days, she’s still putting on her running shoes for shorter course action.
“I have always been a runner,” she said. “I run 5, 10ks regularly. It’s not a big deal to me. I have a route in Monaco which is like 12k. I do that at least two, three times a week, probably two times a week. It’s not a big deal to me. That’s a hilly course as well. So the problem for me was when I hit 35k. That’s when I hit the wall. But I’m not going to do those long runs any time soon.”
While Wozniacki says that while another marathon run isn’t in her immediate future, she added, ‘Yeah, probably in a few years I might do it again.’”
FYI: Caroline finished the New York City Marathon in a very respectable 3:26 time, keeping to a 7:50 mile pace throughout much of the run. She raised over $81,000 for Team For Kids, an organization that operates fitness programs in the United States.