What greater motivation does a native New England runnah, need that is greater than watching the Boston Marathon, watching your Twitter feed blow-up and Facebook/Instagram feeds have these great photos of runners you know at/finishing Boston.
- All Boudreau’s – ;-) — Jen, Ward and Wade
- Ron P.
- Sam W.
- Michelle G.
and all the others that worked so hard to get to Boston and have their dream come true of finishing the Boston Marathon.
Yeah, motivation, I promised myself that I wouldn’t try or even be tempted to train for a marathon this year. This was my year to get healthy, work on my leg speed and run uninjured for an entire year.
Damn-it I want to run Boston.
Also, I said many, many years ago that I wouldn’t run Boston, unless I qualified.
Unfortunately, I haven’t gotten to the freaking starting line of a marathon since 1983, despite numerous attempts to get there. Which means in reality, the next marathon I do is my first – again.
Quite honestly, I have gone about training for a marathon bassakward and trying to meet a Boston qualifying time the next time out. Actually, I have attempted to do more than just qualify by attempting to train for a sub 3:30 marathon.
So I really do need to work on getting to the starting line and finish one or two marathons in my Old Fart’s body, before I go worrying about going for that qualifying time for Boston.
In other words, I need to get real marathon experience with my body the way it is today, not 30 odd years ago.
At the same time I am concerned, worried and yeah more than a little scared that if I commit to marathon training one more time, it will end up like all the other times. I have gone through this routine too many times and failed…you know that more pain, injury and frustration of my body not holding up to the distance.
Yeah, I admit it – I am scared as hell.
So what am I going to do?
I want to run Boston, always have and probably always will.
In other words, I will run Boston someday and this is probably as good a time as any to get it done.
Which means that I have to not worry about my time, run a comfortably hard pace for the race, not an all-out race pace and focus on being able to run the distance without breaking anything.
The Maine Marathon is on October 4th, which is also a bit of unfinished business from 2007.
Ahhhh damn I said wouldn’t do this, but damnit I do want Boston and today made me realize how much.
I just have to prepare correctly for it and get the real marathon experience before I worry about qualifying for Boston first time out and thinking that what I did in the ancient past is gonna do me any good now.
New Shoes / More of the Same.
The other thing is to stop experimenting with my running gear and focus on using what works for me.
As part of that I have (with the wife’s okay) ordered a pair of new Hoka Clifton’s and will be doing the majority of my training over the summer in those shoes and will probably get a pair of the Challenger’s for my trail running.
For me, I have found that if I stay with one style of running shoe, instead flitting all over the place that I seem to stay healthier. I know contrary to the prevailing theories of needing to rotate through a variety of running shoes to stimulate different muscles, etc.
However, we are all an experiment of one and what works for me or doesn’t work for me – is all about whether it works me, not somebody else. I think that sometimes in our haste to follow the latest trends or wanting to get the “newest”/”greatest” gear that we tend to go down too many rabbit holes and not stay focused on what we really want to accomplish and what we need to do to be successful for us, not someone else.
The Hoka Clifton’s are a very comfortable and forgiving shoe, ones that I am running well in. Instead of searching around for a variety of shoes between now and October, I am going to stay with them for my marathon preparation and when I actually start my training for the Maine Marathon.
Which will start in July. Until then I plan to keep working on my speed, focusing on 5K training and maybe throw in a Half Marathon in June/July, but keeping my mileage primarily in the 40 miles per week range and then seeing where I am at the end of June and making the final decision on how I am going successfully train to start and finish the Maine Marathon.
Damn and double-dam, I said I wouldn’t do this, this year.
Oh well, sometimes you just gotta do, what you gotta do.
Remember Harold, no time goals, just a get to the starting line and finishing the damn thing.
Next question…Harold — why in the hell did you watch Boston today. Sometimes you are incredibly stupid.