Registration for Marine Corps Marathon opened yesterday a couple of minutes before noon EST. All morning long I went back and for on whether I should register or not.
Here’s my story:
|Race Director Rick Nealis|
The internal debate came for many reasons. It takes allot to train for a marathon. It takes allot of time away from your family. It also takes away from running ‘shorter’ races when you have to do long runs every weekend.
I love racing. It literally is one of my absolute favorite things to do in this world, and I feel like I don’t get to do it enough. If I didn’t run a marathon then I could be a race rat and run races all summer long.
My running goals for this year and beyond are this:
Break 40 minutes in the 10K – I’m at 41:17
Break 1:10 in the 10 miler – I’m at 1:12:26
Break 1:30 in the 1/2 Marathon – I’m at 1:32:52
Break 3:20 in the Marathon – I’m at 3:21:05
I’m close, so close in all these distances, but I don’t feel that I can accomplish this all if I don’t pick a focus. Either shorter or longer – I can’t do all 4 in a year. Right?
Because my husband worked so late Tuesday he was home by lunch on Wednesday. I signed up for Marine Corps and decided to decide later if I would actually run it. I then went for a run.
Mile 1 – 8:38
Wow Dorothy that felt pretty easy – normally your first mile is always in the 9’s.
Mile 2 – 8:01
Geese what’s gotten into you today? Guess you are happy to be running.
Mile 3 – 7:19
I got thinking. I thought about my post about finding my cause, my purpose in life. “God’s dreams for you are always bigger – and better – than your dreams for you.” Well if God’s dreams are bigger than mine and my dreams are to PR in all 4 of those races distances and break through certain time barriers than why am I doubting myself. Why can’t I PR in all 4? Who’s stopping me? During that mile I was so inspired by my thoughts of what God has in store for me regarding my running, that I felt like I could fly. When I looked down and saw the mile split I thought – I am flying.
Mile 4 – 7:37
I thought about National Marathon. I thought about what pace I should go out at. What should my time goal be. I thought about the fact that at that moment I was running what was my marathon pace for 26.2 miles last March. It seems insanely fast to me now, will I get back to that speed and be able to break it?
With God everything is possible – Matthew 19:26 [I know you like that this is the 26th verse ;)]