To keep up with me tomorrow for the marathon text “Runner” to 345678 and then reply with my Bib Number “11075”
I’ve been reading a lot of beautiful and elegant posts on Boston Marathon goals. I apologize in advance, but this post will be as frantic as the thoughts in my head.
I’ve been getting lost in the excitement of the Boston Marathon. How lost? I waited on a line for 2 hours to meet Kara & Shalane when in the past I’ve stormed off a 5 minute wait for the new IPhone.
For the first time, I can talk to friends and people around me about running a marathon distance without them looking at me like I’m nuts before reading me a repertoire of running injuries I’m going to get or better yet tell me how if I did cross fit, I’d only have to exercise for 45 minutes. I don’t run distance for exercise, I run it for happiness.
In a weird way, Boston Marathon makes me feel normal for once about my hobby instead of an outside weirdo who should be more into hair and fashion, than running shoes.
1. To Do Better Than Last Year – I ran/crawled/cried/hallucinated to the finish line in 5 hours and 11 minutes. Last year I sat in the sun while waiting for the race to start, I ran 10 miles the day before, I relied on race fuel (nasty PowerBar gel that resembles diarrhea at mile 17). And I wasted a ton of energy trying to break through the awful crowd of starting last.
2. Run on effort but don’t waste it on the start – The first few miles are crowded and messy. Hopefully, since I’m starting this year with people who ran a 3:24 and not literally the end of the last wave, last corral, things will move a little faster. I will not waste my energy trying to get past people at the start, I have the other 26 miles to blaze past people or pretend I am.
3. To Finish – I ran 29 miles on a snowy trail three weeks ago. Unless I get hit by the T or miss my bus to Hopkinton, I will finish.
4. To PR Sub 3:24 – I ran a 3:34 less than 2 months ago in the freezing rain and have been focusing on speed the past 4 weeks. Last year, I ran 3:24 in March after training on a little bit higher mileage per week. I don’t look nor feel overall fitter than March 2012, but there’s something to be said for having a stronger base and a year of marathon running under your belt.
5. Sub 3:20 – It’s a stretch! My half PR is a pace of 7:30 in slightly windy conditions. Monday’s weather is expected to be perfect. Can I train to a sub 3:20? Yes, have I been? Only for the past 3 weeks have I added speed works and targeted tempo runs. I’ve been doing a good job at hitting targets, but have not incorporated them into my long runs. To be honest with myself, I’ve had the marathon distance on the back burner and been focusing on 50 miler distance building until a month ago. To decide last minute that I want to PR to sub 3:20 is a little silly. I haven’t trained for it and I probably don’t deserve it, but goal A this shall be. I have a friend helping me for the last 6 miles which are usually my bitch, whine, take walk breaks miles when I’m alone. Maybe that’ll make the difference.
6. Have fun! This is the only time of year I get to run on a course filled with loved ones! I will stop and hug every friend who lets me and doesn’t mind sharing my sweat! Because those moments are more important than a few extra seconds on a PR. I’m a lucky girl.
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