Qualifying for Boston, making the impossible possible.

I really had no idea how much time running and preparing for a marathon would take out of my life.

As many of you know, I plan on running the Lehigh Valley Marathon in September and I hope to qualify for the Boston Marathon at that event!  It would be a major accomplishment as I have only been running for 14 months (as of now) and have never run more than a half marathon.  Also, 2 years ago I weighed 278 lbs and now I hope to qualify for Boston.

I must be crazy.

I admit this drives me probably more than it should.  I look on it not only a challenge, but also the chance of accomplishing something beyond my own ability.

As a 16 year old, I wanted to become a DJ.  In order to get on the radio you had to get a license and in order to get that license you had to pass a grueling exam. Everyone I talked to said I had no chance at passing the first time.  My sister knew two people who took the test 3 times and failed each time and they were in college.  It became a challenge.  I spent the whole summer studying and memorizing the material.  It wasn’t anything I knew or understood, but I learned.  One day my dad asked me what page of my textbook talked about radio towers (or something in that vein).  I gave him the page number from memory. We looked it up and I was correct.   I went to DC and took the test with 30 people much older than myself and passed the first time.  Understand, my dad once said that I was the first of his children (the youngest of 4) that he was relieved when I brought home a “C” in a class.  Getting this license was way above my ability, but after I passed I felt like I could accomplish anything.

You may be able to understand the parallels between getting my radio license and running a marathon, but just to spell it out…

Qualifying for the Boston Marathon is way beyond my ability.  In fact just running a marathon is beyond my comprehension.  I not only have to run it, but I have to run it under 3 and a half hours.  I have to keep at least an 8 minute pace for 26.2 miles.  I feel like I did going into that exam room with everything against me.  I questioned myself if I had prepared enough.  I questioned everything.  I was nervous and anxious.  I passed.  I want to pass this test also.  I want to, in just over 2 years, go from obesity to qualifying for Boston.  For me, it is making the impossible, possible.  If I can do this, I can do anything.

So I run.  I run 6 days a week and walk the 7th.  I ran 9 miles yesterday, my longest mid-week run ever.  I need to get to 50 miles this week and then into the 60s by next month sometime. My speed is way down, but I don’t think that matters right now.  I feel that miles matter more than the speed.  It is hot and humid and that makes it hard to run fast.  Yesterday I ran a trail for a couple of miles which made the run more enjoyable, but was also harder than running on pavement.

I guess I never finished the opening thought.  Running takes so much time that I really only have time at night to write my post.  I really don’t have time to read other blogs or twitter much anymore.  Even emails go unread for days sometimes.  Right now my life consists of working, running and family.  I say this to say thank you to all you bloggers who read my blog each day and those who comment and like my posts.  Please don’t take it the wrong way that I haven’t been on yours for a while.  I do read them when I can, but until September 8th, it may not be often.  I appreciate the effort it takes to blog and one day I will catch up on my reading, but for now…

I run.

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10 thoughts on “Qualifying for Boston, making the impossible possible.

  1. Hi there! Given that your half marathon pace was under what you need to achieve in the Lehigh marathon, I don’t think this is beyond you at all. You are pretty fast… I know a lot of fit guys who are happy when they run a 5k at the pace you regularly hold.

    Good luck! I am rooting for you!

  2. A lot of similarities between you and I, including the weight loss and a shared goal. You’ve come a long way. JustAGirl is right, this is not beyond you!

    Good luck with your training and the Lehigh. We’re all rooting for you!

  3. Mark 19:26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. (Matthew 19:26 KJV)

    You’ve been a blessing and an inspiration. Just keep running and enjoy the experience. I’m enjoying it from this side of the blog.

    • Thanks. I like that verse. I keep quoting Isaiah 40:31 while I push through my summer runs. I need to remember the “enjoy” part. I really hate running in the heat, but I’ll get used to it. Encouraging comments REALLY do help. When are we doing Oak Mt? Running with others helps also. 🙂

  4. I Just came across your blog! Very awesome to read! I am excited when I get near an 8 minute mile pace in my 5K’s! I just finished my second 5K ever and my time actually went down, I was not prepared for an off road course with gravel, grass and lots of hills.

    Anyway, I was wondering if you are on mapmyrun by chance. I would like to follow your running training more closely if you don’t mind, I am pushing for a 10K in August, but there is a half marathon at the same time which I might try. It would be great to see distances and times on a calendar to get a feel for how you do what you do. Look me up username Matthew 311

    Keep up the great work, and there are few days that I feel good when running, usually on the long runs and I am not worried about times.

    • Thanks Matthew. It sounds like you are doing great with the running. An 8 minute mile on your second 5K is really good.

      I don’t get on MapMyRun. I generally use Nike or RunKeeper. Are you on either of those?

      I’m working at not keeping times up since the hot weather is so draining. Good point about not worrying. I need to do more of that. 🙂

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