I am a runner with a highly ambitious goal. I was not born “fast” (I ran my first marathon  in 4:17 – elite women can run around 2:20 to 2:30). I was not born with endurance (I thought I was going to DIE in my first ever 5k race , which I walked/ran and finished in about 36 minutes). But I was born determined.
My goal? To run a marathon in under 3:21 (according to renowned run coach Jack Daniels pace charts – my half marathon time predicts that this is a realistic goal for me). Seeing as my best marathon is currently 3:30:31 and I’ve worked extremely hard to get to this level, I know it’ll be a challenge. However… It’s a challenge I’m 100% up for.
I’ve actually attempted this particular goal a few times already in the past few years. Sometimes I have the help of a coach, sometimes I go it alone. Each round is slightly different – or sometimes very different – from other training cycles. Sometimes it feels like an attainable goal and sometimes it feels utterly impossible. But for now, I cannot give up – I still believe I can eventually run my sub 3:21 marahton.
This blog began when I decided to document 4 months of intensive training (January to May 2012) leading up to the May 6, 2012 Vancouver BMO marathon, the race I had decided to run in hopes of qualifying for the Boston Marathon.
Having run for 8 years already and completing 10 marathons along the way, I’d never come close to qualifying for Boston (which required a 3 hour and 35 minute marathon). My personal best (PB), posted May 2011, was 3 hours and 57 minutes.
So I upped my training… Changed my diet… Blogged about it along the way… And then I did it.
On May 6, 2012 I ran a 3:33:24 marathon and qualified for Boston!
What I didn’t anticipate when I began my journey in January 2012 was how intensely I’d love this much mileage. I guess you could say I’m addicted – to running, to getting PB’s, to feeling like I am capable of anything I set my mind to.
So I continue to see how far I can go. How good can I get. How much more speed I have in me.
I set loftier goals and I become more serious.
But I’m having more fun with it too. Otherwise this would never work.
You have to love it, otherwise it’s not happening… I’m learning.
More recently I’ve also begun playing with longer distances – ultra marathons (defined as anything longer than the marathon distance).
First came a 55k race, then a 50 miler, and a 24-hour run, and then finally a 100-miler. I’m hooked. I love speed, but I also love distance.
You’ll see lots more of both from me… Speed and distance. I’ll always be pushing my boundaries.
“You can achieve anything you want in life, if you have the courage to dream it, the intelligence to make a realistic plan, and the will to see that plan through to the end.” -Sidney A. Friedman
“It comes down to how much you want it.” -Unknown