Itâ€™s been aÂ while since Iâ€™ve checked in here, I know. Thereâ€™s a lot going on with my family, and Iâ€™ve been splitting my time between NYC and NJ these days. Please keep my family in your thoughts and prayers.
The Boston Marathon is this Monday. If you follow anyÂ runners on Instagram, you already know that.Â
Everyoneâ€™s checking into their hotels and heading to the expo to pick up their bibs and celebrate their hard work.
I never had a life plan, but I used to have a 5-year running plan.
I never considered myself fast, but I did improve pretty quickly and consistently as a marathoner and runner in general.
Marathon 1, Chicago Marathon, 2010: 4:59
Marathon 2, NYC Marathon, 2011: 4:19
Marathon 3, Marine Corps, 2012: 4:04
Marathon 4, NYC Marathon, 2013: 3:56, bitches!
I was 30 when I ran NYC 2013, and that time progression gave me hope that if I kept running a marathon a year, that Iâ€™d be able to keep chip, chip chipping, and Iâ€™d be able to run 3:40 or under by the time I turned 35.Â
Iâ€™ve run two marathons since then, but they were after a back injury, and I was happy just to finish them.
Last year, I had sinus issues and a body that just didnâ€™t want to cooperate with running.
Iâ€™m signed up for NYC this year, and with everything going in my life, Iâ€™m not going to pressure myself on time right now.Â
Who knows, maybe I wonâ€™t chip any time off this year but miraculously run a 3:40 next year when I *am* 35.Â
But I want to qualify for Boston â€” and I plan on running for the rest of my life, so Iâ€™m not going to give up on this goal.
And you? Do you want to/have you qualified for Boston? Or whatâ€™s your bigÂ running goal?Â