Ok, I am becoming slightly obsessed with my training. I sleep, eat, and dream about running, and am even starting to enjoy having to carve time out of my schedule, on the worst of days, to get in a run. I will say that tonight is a different story, because although I should have really done some strength training this evening, I think its ok to have taken a rest day.
Furthermore, I am really enjoying the lifestyle that running and participating in running events has had in changing my social circle. Although I will always and forever keep the friends I have now, its been amazing to meet new people through running, and the stories I have heard when I tell people that I'm training with Team in Training for the San Diego Marathon. I can't believe I signed up for this whole thing on a whim and manic moment, and how many doors its opened along the way. Like today, I signed up to volunteer at the Multisport Expo in Cambridge, MA, at MIT on Saturday the 19th. There are going to be a ton of vendors, as well as competitive multi-sport athletes attending; a surefire way to add some fuel to my already blazing fire. I also have the pleasure of running with a fine group of athletes every saturday from now until June, and the motivation and support network has been unparalleled, thanks in part due to facebook!
I am also in the midst of planning a Fundraising party for May 7th. Mark your calendars. Event details and location, to be announced, but at least I have the date set!
Boston Athletic Association website (image courtesy of CNBC.com). Women within my age group need to qualify with a time of 3 hours 40 minutes.
I know, you are all looking at me like I have five heads. But listen to me! I set a goal of completing my half marathon in less than two hours (accomplished! 1 hour 57 min), and not walking for even one second of it. Miles 5-8 were in Heartbreak Hill and I was seriously undertrained, thanks to my lack of motivation to want to kill it. However, I'm going into this new marathon with renewed faith and ambition.
I mean, I have been looking at my pacing and in my recent 3.5 mile run, my splits were: Mile 1-8:06, Mile 2- 7:30, Mile 3- 8:05, and Mile .5- 7:50. I know that in my last long training run, I ran it easy to keep pace with one of my teammates, but when I started to break away for individual stints, my splits fell around the 8:20 mark. Call me crazy, but I think having my motivation paired with my ability to set and accomplish all of the goals I have set for myself in life... this might actually be something I could accomplish; all done with the right fueling, training, and by losing a few pounds to increase time. I would have to maintain an 8:23 pace. Hmm...
FINE fine fine. Even if I can't pull it together, hey...I still will be completing a marathon. At least it gives me something to shoot for.