Have you ever experienced a situation when someone says something to you and it keeps bouncing around in your brain…nagging at you when you aren’t otherwise occupied…and truthfully, sometimes even when you are? I am sure you all have…and right now it’s been bothering me for the better part of a week…nearly two perhaps.
That idea is running a marathon…actually, no, running a marathon that is good enough to qualify for Boston.
I have only done one full marathon.
It was three years ago.
The highlight was not finishing or getting my medal. It was beating this annoying guy from my running group.
My time was 4:25:10.
I was in pain for the entire 26.2 miles.
I would have to take off an hour…well, 50 minutes…but still. That is A LOT of time to take off.
And though I have lofty half marathon goals for next year (an 8 minute mile goal pace)…keeping that pace for 26 miles vs 13 is another story….and, ironically it is what I would need to qualify.
Part of this crazy marathon idea started as a joke among my friends at the gym–we all joined a Biggest Loser style contest at the gym we go to and have continued to work out together since. They wanted to see my Dumbo Double Dare bling and I joked that we should all go do a race out in Disney together…and everyone agreed. Right now the idea is doing the proper WDW Marathon weekend for 2015. Nothing is confirmed, obviously, but there is excitement among the group…and well, if I am going all that way…I might as well do the Dopey, right? I mean, why not do a 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and Full Marathon over 4 days!?
The Boston thing is all thanks to my cousin. She got into running because of me and then decided to take on a half and eventually a full Ironman triathlon. She took to training like it was literally her job. Working out both before and after work for many, many hours. She qualified for Boston last year and just received confirmation that she will get to run the 2014 Boston Marathon. She also just ran the Twin Cities Marathon and got an even faster time, thus qualifying for Boston again. I mentioned the Dopey challenge and she laughed, saying I would be fine and would totally kick some butt doing that race and that with a bit of work, I could easily qualify for Boston in a year.
When she said that last bit, I think I actually started choking on nothing but my disbelief and shock. Me? Qualify for Boston?! Me?
Clearly, I am doubtful that I could qualify for Boston in a year. It seems horribly out of reach (though not as out of reach as the NYC Marathon qualifying times–a 3:10 marathon for women aged 39 and under…really?! Clearly my participation in that race will be strictly through charity spots or the lottery).
At the same time, there is part of me that feels like…well…why not? If I am able to meet my goal of 8 minute miles for a half, then it’s all about fitness and endurance from there, right?
I’m not sure what to do…if I should go for it and make this a reality or play it by ear or not. I’m scared of failing, but I’m also scared of not trying too, because that seems like a bummer of a thing to do. Plus it keeps bouncing around in my head…as does pure excitement and doubt. I am not even sure why I am sharing this with the blog…though I think it boiled down to the fact that I had hoped it would help me decide…but after have written this post, I simply feel more confused than ever.
I will now stop this ramble…and hopefully, for at least a bit, the tug of war of training for a Boston qualifying marathon, will be quieted. Thanks for listening. Oh and if you have any advice? Ideas? Leave them in the comments. 🙂