To begin with, a word of thanks to my big brother for the post yesterday. I was really blessed with what he said (and I think he is a great writer :)) It means a lot that my journey affects others in some way. The path I am going on isn’t easy. It is hard work and requires a lot of sacrifice from my family, so when I read what big brother wrote yesterday, it really encourage me. THANKS!
Now, on to a dilemma of sorts. I guess it isn’t a dilemma, but a choice that has made some of my training more difficult.
I really want (as you all know by now) to qualify for the Boston Marathon in September. I read more and more articles saying that huge number of people are hoping to run it because of what happened there this year. Totally understandable. For me, I set my goal months before the race. I have a long way to go to get to the point of qualifying by September.
I also love running 5Ks with TJ and RS. We ran five 5Ks our first year of running and had a blast. The first one we ran was the Spring Scramble about a month after we started running and so we wanted to run the same race this year.
Here is the issue. I am trying to train for the 5K, with the knowledge I only have 5 months to prepare for the Lehigh Valley Marathon (link). I chose this marathon because it occurs just before Boston registration and 25% of those who run it qualify for Boston.
I don’t know if my training is at cross purposes or not. I really want to run the 5K in 20 minutes if possible, but I also really want to begin increasing my mileage so that I have a chance in September.
Yesterday was a half mile repeat day of training. TJ says these repeats are great for getting speed up for the 5K. It was rough. I don’t know why, but I tend to do better running 3 miles straight than running 1/2 mile and a minute rest and then repeating the process. I did okay, but not near my goal of under 7:00 per mile for 6 repeats. In fact I only made 2.5 repeats and had to stop and just run some recovery miles. On top of that, I got a rock in my sole of my shoe that was in so deep I could feel it on my foot and had to stop to dig it out. Crazy. I only made 6 miles total even though I was trying for 7. Some days you just need to cut your losses and go home.
Today is another day. Just a regular run. I am really going to try to slow it down. I think I have been pushing the speed a bit much lately.
So to sum up, Boston Marathon / Spring Scramble. I would have never thought I would be pushing for these goals just a few months ago.
I love running!
You might try spraying ur feet with Tuff Skin or something similar. We used it in the leather helmet days to help with blisters. Nothing to do with ur blog today …
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Good thought. I haven’t heard of it. Thanks!!!
Tom, have you given serious thought of maybe putting your Marathon goal off for a year? Enjoy a year of running your K’s and having fun as well as training. Another year might make things easier and more fun.
Good thought, but I don’t think I can do that at this point. I think I would rather slow down my 5Ks and still try for qualifying for Boston the September. That might change, but for now, that is my direction. Thanks mom for the thought!!!