2014 has been an exacting year for Caroline
Wozniacki. She had the entire world watching her as the much publicized
romance with golfing champion Rory McIlroy broke down just days after
the couple send out wedding invitations and then the former world no.1
had to wait nine months for her 22nd WTA title and has gone
more than a year without beating a top ten player.
However the 24 year-old Dane, world no.1 for 67
weeks in two spells between October 2010 and the end of January 2012,
is planning something a little different to finish the year and plans to
run the New York Marathon in November.
Wozniacki maintains running a marathon is
something she has long yearned to do and intends to use the challenge as
a means of raising money for charity. She confirmed contacting the New
York Road Runners to enter.
Speaking to the New York Times, she said: ďItís
always been on my bucket list. And always New York City was the one I
wanted to do.
Iíve seen it on TV and I have always thought one
day I would do it. November, I looked at my schedule and I didnít really
have any plans when my season ended, so I thought, ĎWhy not do it?Ē
Currently she runs
30 to 40 minutes a day as part of her tennis training, either in
interval training or in longer runs. Her longest run a little over 11
miles. So obviously she needs to step up her mileage in preparation for
the marathon over 26.2 miles that takes place on November 2.
ďObviously, itís going to be hard. Iím a tennis
player first and thatís what my main priority is. At the same time, Iím
going to incorporate a lot of longer runs into my training."
Fellow members of the tennis fraternity such as
Justin Gimelstob, Amelie Mauresmo, Kimiko Date-Krumm and Mats Wilander
are all fully-fledged marathon runners. Wozniacki revealed she had
already received tweets of encouragement from Ana Ivanovic and Bob Bryan
but did concede: ďEveryone thinks I'm a little crazy.
ďI just need to finish the marathon. Thatís my
goal, and if I have to crawl over the finish line, Iíll do that.Ē