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!