I remember the days in high school when I wished and worked so hard to get above 150 pounds in high school. Those were also the days I ran three miles in less than six minutes a mile. Those were the days when we’re all invincible.
On January 3, 2014, I will have completed on my “before” photo. Tomorrow will begin my path to unparalleled fitness, and pushing toward my goal of qualifying for the 2016 Boston Marathon. To accomplish this goal, I’ll need to run 26.2 miles in less than 3 hours 25 minutes. That equates to 7 minutes 49 seconds a mile. For 26.2 miles. Running ONE mile at that pace today is not physically possible.
The immediate goal is to get to a point where running any distance can be done without pain. Last year, preparing for the Chicago Marathon, I worked on strength first, then distance. August posed its problems when I didn’t know how to address the issues I was having with my lower legs. I figured all that out in time to finish Chicago, but my body wasn’t as conditioned as it should’ve been or could’ve been had I known what I know now.
So, it’s off to a bold goal that some would say is unachievable given my Chicago experience. That’s one of the reasons I’m doing it. I’ll be working with a coach, which will help. The biggest competitor in this race will once again be me, and my knowledge. Or lack of knowledge and experience. That’s where the coach comes into play. Tomorrow at 9:30am is when my next chapter as an athlete continues. We'll see what the plan is at that point.