After last weeks 18 miler I was on top of the world and subsequently began questioning everything. It's such a weird place to be- really happy and lacking confidence all at the same time regarding the same thing.
Am I doing enough?
Simple answer: Yes. absolutely.
I have 100% trust in my Coach, Britt. Last year, the training plan she created for me yielded a 25 minute PR! With her plan, I know I am doing exactly what I need to be successful and most important: remain injury free by not over training.
Will I hit my goal?
Simple answer: Absolutely. (See above)
As long as the temperatures are as close to "ideal" as possible, I see no reason not to surpass my goal.
What shoes/outfit/nutrition will I use for race day?
Simple answer: I already know but need to embrace it.
Newton Distance shoes. Currently they have 150 miles and will probably have 260+ by Fox Valley. Should I buy a new pair for the race?
Outfit. I just bought it- as long as its more than 40 degrees at the start, I'm set.
Nutrition. Over the next 6 weeks I'll hammer down pre race breakfast. Other than that, I know what works for me during the race.
Why am I training for a Boston Qualifying time? #FVMBQorBUST!
Simple answer: Because I want to run it a 2nd time, this time as a qualifier.
I watched my Daad fulfill his lifelong dream to BQ back at Rock n Roll Arizona 2010, and in 2011 (by an extraordinary turn of events) I got to run Boston with him. The Boston Marathon is not my final destination, but instead a pit stop on the way to other goals, both running and non running.
The day my Daad got his BQ.
Ive come a long way.
To quell my lack of confidence, I took a look at my athlinks results recently.
St Paddys Day Dash, March 2010
5k PR (May 2013) 22:13 7:09/mile
5k (July 2008) 27:10 8:44/mile
A difference of 5 minutes.
It's crazy to think that all my PRs (from 5k-Marathon) have a faster pace than 8:44/mile currently)
My "1st" 13.1- San Jose RnR
Half PR (6/2013) 1:46:09 8:06/mile
"1st Half" (10/2008) 2:09:51 9:54/mile
I've taken nearly 24 minutes off of my half marathon time. I know that number will fall even more when I can do a race with "good" conditions.
PR Marathon (9/2012) 3:40:18 8:24/mile
1st marathon 11/2002 5:26:06 12:26/mile
Ive taken 1 hour 45 minutes off of my 26.2 time!
The first marathon I trained for- Nike Womens Marathon 2010, San Francisco where I ran a 4:30.
I didnt train at all for that race in 2002. But I have take off over 50 minutes from the Nike Womens marathon I did in 2010, which I trained for.
To see how much progress I've made in a few short years is encouraging and I know I've got a long way to go before I hit a plateau.
In all aspects of my life I strive for excellence even though I know I will never be the worlds best [fill in the blank]. I love the thrill of the challenge and satisfaction of achieving more than I thought possible.
Progress is so freaking encouraging.