Dropping temperatures and the pop-up of holiday parties typically mean off-season for runners. And while I am usually following suit, this year I’m taking a different approach because I’ve got some big goals for 2018 and I don’t want to waste any time on achieving them.
They say that the reason most people don’t reach their goals is because they don’t define them, learn about them, or seriously consider them possible. They say that winners can tell you where they are going, what they plan to do along the way, and who will be sharing the adventure with them.
So here I am, sharing my big (running) goal for 2018: I want to qualify and run the Boston Marathon. I will get there by hard work & dedication, speed training, and a whole lot of love for the sport. And last but certainly not least, Eric Turner, friend, tri-athlete extraordinaire, and Superfly coach will be pushing and training me the entire way.
But before we get into the training plan Eric is putting together for me, let’s back up and talk about the whole qualifying for Boston thing. There are 3 types of marathons: (1) you sign up and go run, (2) you put your name into a lottery system and cross your fingers you get chosen, similar to Chicago, and (3) Boston. You have to have run a marathon within the last year at a certain pace. For women ages 18 – 34 it’s 3:35. Now let’s say you have that time under your belt, there’s still the cut-off you have to deal with. This past year for the 2018 Boston Marathon registration, those that didn’t run 3 minutes and 23 seconds under their qualifying time, didn’t make it in. For 2017, it was 2 minutes and 9 seconds. So when it says your qualifying time is 3:35, it’s safer to aim for a 3:30 or below.
Now those of you that are reading this and thinking, DAMN she’s crazy, you’re right. Marathoning is a crazy sport but I love it. Those of you that are reading this and like yo, you ran a 4:26 at Chicago this year, how in the world are you going to shave an hour off your time, I’ve been dealing with those same thoughts too and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t. However, I can 100% say I was not committed to that race. I started off strong and determined but as it got closer, other things became more important and Chicago got pushed to the wayside. And I’m okay with that. But 2018, this is my year. I’ve been dreaming about Boston since my first marathon in 2015, even as I was telling people I would never do another (sorry for lying guys). I’m doing this to prove to myself I can, to prove I’m strong enough. Luckily, for those moments that I feel a little weak, I have Eric to push me.
Eric recently made it official and became a coach with Team SuperFly. Working through TrainingPeaks, he has made a comprehensive plan to help me achieve my Boston dream. Full of interval runs, long distances, and strength-training, I’ll first be training for the F^3 Half Marathon in January, the main goal to work on my speed. I will then continue that training through March and run the One City Marathon in Newport News, VA, hopefully qualifying for Boston.
Since working with a trainer is a new thing for me, I decided I will do weekly (maybe bi-weekly when things get crazy as they often do) reviews of my training, probably on Mondays. So stay tuned, we’re about to embark on quite the journey!