It’s that time of year again. The time of year where slates get wiped clean, people make resolutions, set goals and are filled with optimism. I’m not usually one to make resolutions, but this year, you can throw my name in with the lump of people I’ve just described. There have been ups and downs in the last couple years. I’ve enjoyed this running journey, but there’s a major goal that’s been left unfinished. 2018, I would like to rectify that.
My goal was simple. It was black and white. I wanted to run the Boston Marathon before I aged up. I needed to run a 3:05 to qualify. I ran a 3:02:22 and missed the cut by 45 seconds. Plenty of people told me “there’s always next year” but the goal was before I aged up. So that was it. Goal not met.
I killed myself for that goal. I chased it down to the point where I ran 3 marathons in 5 weeks. One of them was not a BQ attempt, but the first and last ones were. The last of those 3 is where I ran my BQ. I couldn’t be more proud of that race. I was in such a good frame of mind from start to finish. I persevered through some pain. I did what I set out to do.
Since that time, I haven’t been myself. I have not been able to hold my paces, my speed, my endurance. I bowed out of the Erie marathon about 2 miles in. I barely managed to finish the Detroit Marathon in under 4 hours. Things were spiralling and I needed answers.
I really thought I was ok with not getting in. I knew it would be close and I prepared myself for rejection. Or so I though. Missing Boston sucked. Missing my goal, sucked. Not getting to join friends that qualified for the first time as well this year in Boston, sucked. I still have a hard time seeing some people’s posts about Boston. It can be rough at times, but it is what it is. So I need to move on.
The frustration is that I can no longer hit that goal. Now I get 5 more minutes to try and qualify. So even if I run my slowest BQ so far (3:04:45), I’m in. It would give me a 5+ minute buffer. Truth is. I don’t want that extra 5 minutes. I want to know, that even if I didn’t age up, I could still get in. In order to do that, I need to run a sub 3:00 marathon before registration in September 2018. That is the goal.
I’m ready to get back training. If I manage a sub 3:00 marathon, that gives me a 10+ minute buffer for the Boston Marathon. Anyone who meets the qualifying standard by 10 minutes or more gets to apply the first week of registration. Specifically, they get to register on the Wednesday of the first week of training.
September 12, 2018
The Wednesday Project
Let’s get it.