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.

Little people when I returned from my run :)

  • 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 –


  1. i love that quote about the butterfly!! i have no doubts you can hit 3:05 not only because of your current paces but your mindset!

  2. Well of course you can do it! Don’t look back – you are not going that direction!

  3. You can do it!!! Awesome that you will be at MCM. Now you will be a good hour ahead of me, but I will be there too. My husband and I are running on Team Lemon, part of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. If you see a lady in a painted green cape at the end of the race that is me. Stop and say hi. I would love to meet one of my mentors.

  4. I don’t even “know” you, but I KNOW you can do it! Feel free to double back and help me finish MCM 😉 I’ll be around the half way point when you crush 3:05. <3!

    PS, my yearbook quotes, I had 2:
    "Sandy: Danny, is this the end? Danny: No, it's only the begining." and "There may not be marriage, there may not be sex, but by God there will be dancing."

  5. So exciting. You have inspired me to dream big as well. My times scare the crap out of me to, but I believe it is possible. I am excited to follow your journey and so know you can do it!!!

  6. It’s always good to scare yourself isn’t it? You got this one Dorothy, you are so very strong your going to do better than 3:05, your going to get 2:59. xo

  7. I’m doing MCM as well! And so is my running bestie! We made friends with a MCM promoter at the Flying Pig Expo last weekend and he got her a bib. I was so excited!

  8. LOVE this! You are going to rock your 3:05. The quote about the butterfly is absolutely beautiful!

  9. Love your attitude Dorothy! You are so capable of 3:05 I have no doubt! Continue to dream big – you inspire me!

  10. I say it a lot, but you INSPIRE me… comfortable pace? I’d be hurling after a lightning run like that especially followed by a 16 miler ALSO at a quick pace.

    I WANT to be that fast. I’m TRYING to be that fast… keep setting goals.

  11. Great post- I am right there with you, except my goal marathon will be NYC. I did a 3:11 last fall without speedwork and low miles and a really bum IT band for the last 12 miles of the race. I had no idea what I was capable of, but was thinking 3:05 was in my grasp after that. Now I’m chasing 2:59, and that’s what I’ll be training for. Very scary to me to say it. But I’ve trained at those paces nd its possible. Dream big, I love it- you will totally get it. Good luck in training, looking forward to reading along:)

  12. You’re amazing Dorothy! I have no doubt that you can not only hit your pace….you’re going to rock it!!!

  13. I love posts with big goals– so inspiring! Someone else said what I was thinking, which is that you have the determination to get there, so I am sure that you will!

  14. What’s life without big dreams? I think you’ve got a 3:05 in you. Good luck in training! I can’t wait to read along and be inspired for my own big dreams!

  15. Love your attitude! I know you can do it =) And thanks for sharing the butterfly quote.

  16. You can do it Dorothy! I believe in your 3:05 and you do too so you will rock it! And I definitely agree with you about having the hubby and whole family on board with your training. It’s the only way it will work and you are lucky to have a supportive family!

  17. Go for it. If anyone can, I think you can.

    Your quote about how if you quit, how can you teach your children not to quit? I LOVE it…I repeat it to myself when I’m running and want to stop/slow down. I have a two year old and I want to teach him not to quit.

  18. It will happen for you. No sense in not going after it :)

  19. Every post you write is so inspiring, and I can’t wait to follow your journey to 3:05. I love that you recognize that running isnt something we do on our own; it’s something that our family supports us through.

  20. This is my most favorite quote from this post and something I’ve been focusing on a lot lately:

    “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]”

    I always let paces scare me into thinking I can’t run a certain time or a specific race. But why?! Why NOT me? I’m working to remind myself that everyday. Thanks for posting this :)

  21. Agree. Big time agree. Took me a lot longer to make these realizations than I like to admit.

  22. You can do it!!!

  23. RunWithJes says:

    Great goal! Good luck with training. Looking forward to reading about how it goes! I’m doing MCM too! Would love to meet you! I’m shooting for a 4-minute PR from 3:52 to 3:48.

  24. You totally can get that 3:05! Can’t wait for you to tell us that you did! =) When you do your recovery runs – do you find that it’s hard to make yourself run slower? Or if you set your mind to it it just kind of happens?

  25. I used to find it hard but now if I push myself hard enough in the hard runs I’m too tired to go too fast in the recovery runs. That being said I almost feel like I am not comfortable on super easy runs – it seems like I am a little kid flitting around or something – not a runner – does that make sense? Maybe not. I do think you just have to make your mind run your body :)

  26. Would love to meet you too! Let’s make that happen :)

  27. Thank you Christine!

  28. I love that – why not me? It’s true – why not you? Make it happen! Don’t be afraid :)

  29. Thank you!!! :) :) :) You will be that fast one day. Honestly I never thought I would break 8 minute pace in a race – it’s science – make it happen! :)


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