In my early 20’s I let things break me. They don’t anymore. They might shove me down for a little but not for long.
Going in to Boston I told myself I wasn’t going to let it break my heart. It didn’t. Boston Marathon 2012 was the most amazing weekend of my life – from visiting Rue La La, to the Saucony Find Your Strong Party to the Runner’s World Party. Every moment – even those terrible race miles – was amazing.
I keep saying I want to forget that marathon but truth is – I don’t. I PR’ed this spring and went in to Boston with no expectations other than I wanted to finish. I finished. I am using Boston as a reminder to respect my body and the marathon distance.
It’s May and instead of having just NYC on my running calendar I’ve decided I’m going to run Marine Corps Marathon as my target race and go after 3:05 and then ENJOY the streets of NYC for my next 26.2.
I trained over the winter at 3:05 paces. I think if my stomach had not bothered me at B & A I could have come close to that goal. I believe I have a 3:05 in me.
So I’m just going to DREAM BIG [ger] and train at 2:59 paces this summer. It scares the CRAP out of me to even say.
These paces seem fast but the reality is that I am already training at the slow end so why not dream big?
I hope that by the end of the summer I am at the middle or lower end of them. I know it’s going to take hard work but I am committed. I know I won’t be able to do this alone – so I had a serious talk with hubby about it and made sure he is on board for yet another summer of marathon training. I can’t get 3:05 with out him – with out his help – with out his support.
Long Run: 7:34 – 8:34
Easy Run: 7:34 – 8:04
Recovery Run: 8:34 – 9:04
Tempo Pace: 6:25 – 6:42
Last Friday I went for an easy 8 mile progression run.
- Mile 1: 8:46
- Mile 2: 8:25
- Mile 3: 8:21
- Mile 4: 8:11
- Mile 5: 7:57
- Mile 6: 7:55
- Mile 7: 7:54
- Mile 8: 7:36
I executed it perfectly. Every mile faster than the one before it.
Saturday I ran 16 solo miles on my favorite local trail.
- Mile 1: 8:08
- Mile 2: 8:12
- Mile 3: 8:05
- Mile 4: 7:59
- Mile 5: 7:57
- Mile 6: 8:18
- Mile 7: 8:09
- Mile 8: 8:13
- Mile 9: 7:56
- Mile 10: 7:51
- Mile 11: 7:52
- Mile 12: 8:05
- Mile 13: 8:01
- Mile 14: 8:20
- Mile 15: 8:04
- Mile 16: 7:32
2:08:54 – 8:03 avg
Both of these runs were at a comfortable pace. They didn’t feel hard.
If I can do this when not training, then I think I’m ready to train for a 3:05 or faster. I just need to believe that all things are possible and NOT let the paces scare me. [positive thinking – I need to make my mind run my body not the other way around]
Regardless of my goals – I am happy with my 3:11. It’s not the fastest time in the world but that doesn’t matter to me. I love the sound of it. If it’s the fastest marathon I ever run – I’m fine with that.
My quote in my senior yearbook was this: Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.
It’s so true. For years I chased happiness only to realize that it’s not a destination – it’s appreciating what you already have and enjoying all the twists and turns that come with life.
This morning I was very, very happy hanging out with a rock star Olympian!
Videos from this morning race are on my youtube channel – http://www.youtube.com/irunthisbody