36 minutes

March 11, 2009 at 8:24 pm 3 comments

not long ago i tentatively set my sights on my next marathon being the marine corps marathon in washington, dc. for many reasons. dc is my home town so a trip up would be a good excuse to visit friends, it’s supposed to be a beautiful course and at least one from my group was a definite with deferred entry from last year. i didn’t let myself get my hopes up. the race is oct. 25 and there was potential conflict. homecoming weekend is the one weekend a year i am required to work ~ everyone on staff is. we put on events all weekend. nonstop activity for 48 hours straight and late october is typical time frame. i was waiting  anxiously for the season schedule to be announced and honestly had pretty much come to terms with the fact that i likely would have to pick another race. but late last week i got the all clear! the weekend of oct. 25 is an away game. no chance of it being homecoming. mcm committed!

within minutes i had posted on the group page. i wanted everyone to know i was serious when i said i was ready to commit to another. what a change from when i hesitated to even admit to registering for disney. and now it looks as though there are going to be more going and it proves to be an incredible weekend. i’m excited. i’m energized. and i’m ready to get back to training.

but … there’s more. it wasn’t but a couple days later that the talk turned to a place i only tentatively allow myself to go ~ boston. there’s a handful in my pace group looking to qualify this year. either in dc or in chicago a couple weeks earlier. it’s assumed we’ll be running a pretty similar training schedule come time and it’s assumed i too will be striving to qualify. as we ran saturday morning, i listened to them talk times and paces but i said little. didn’t confirm. but didn’t deny. i’m not sure i’m prepared to allow myself to dream that dream quite yet.

the last few days have been a whirlwind of maybe’s, what if’s and could be’s. i’ve tried to tell myself to simply train hard and train smart and if i feel capable of the potential come race time, then go for it. but i’m not sure i can go into anything with a “maybe i do, maybe i don’t “approach. when i set a goal, i am hell bent to achieve it ~ no matter what it takes. so if i decide to do this then i need to be prepared to go all in. do i really want to attempt to shave 36 minutes off my marathon time in 7 months?

my focus should be on cherry blossoms and the national mall yet i’m already miles ahead to heartbreak hill and the irony behind it.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. gr4c5  |  March 12, 2009 at 9:09 am

    go for it!

  • 2. sarah  |  March 12, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    i’ve never heard anyone who regretted doing the boston marathon 🙂

    im so excited for you!!

  • 3. becelisa  |  March 13, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    decision made … i’m going for it. my god, what am i getting myself into?!?!


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5k pr ~ 24:23
10k pr ~ 52:49
half marathon pr ~ 1:55:10
marathon pr ~ 4:10:41
half ironman pr ~ 5:57:50
50k pr ~ 5:33:23
50-mile pr ~ 11:32:39



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