To qualify or not to qualify- that is the question. The answer is completely up to me, but I don’t like that kind of responsibility, so I’m going to go ahead and train hard* and leave the rest up the the god of running.
I have run one marathon before- The. Buffalo. Marathon. 2009. For Team in Training (a wonderful cause, and if given the opportunity, I urge you to try it). I was well-trained and running a good pace- and Buffalo did me in. I broke down at mile 9 and did not come back from it. My mind gave up. I finished with the help of an amazing coach, and I will focus on that. I finished. And I met some lifelong friends and running partners in the process.
Here are my personal amature stats. I have run 1 marathon, 7 half marathons, 2 20ks (Mmmm Sauerkraut), 5 15ks, lots of 10ks, a few 5ks here and there, and a bunch of amazing trail runs. I will eventually aspire to become a trail runner- trails are amazing and gorgeous, and times just don’t matter. My PRs:
5 Mile: 1:37:08
To qualify for Boston, I have to run The Empire State Marathon in 3:35 or less. The race is on October 21st, 2012. That is an 8:12 per mile pace, for 26.2 miles. Hard? Yes. Impossible? Nope, not even for me. My shoes will be the Brooks Green Silence. They are the most fantastic shoes I have ever used in my 10 years of running. They, I like to think, will be the sole (ha!) reason I do or do not qualify. All up to them. No pressure, guys;)
I am using Higdon’s Personal Best Marathon training plan. My weekly runs consist of (at 5am lately):
1 long run
1 tempo run
2 slow/recovery runs
1 marathon pace run
1 strength/cross day (usually I do a Jillian Michael’s DVD on this day. Baby helps by being my weights!)
1 rest day (where I do nothing but chase my creepy crawler around the house 98908345 times!) Rest, please, son!
*Depends on who you’re talking to. Sometimes I want to skip a run and eat a brownie, ok?