“Every serious marathoner should do Boston, to experience the close to a million spectators, the three generations of families out cheering, the little kids handing you water or orange slices. The whole city really appreciates the runners.”
It is of no surprise that I want to qualify for Boston. I am glad I did not pursue it last year, but the drive to make it still exists. I have done 32 half marathons but only 2 full marathons. It should seem like an easy thing to do…I have great half marathon times, but I just can’t seem to get through the full marathon without hating myself.
I have been in the Boston Half Marathon for the B.A.A….but it is not the same. I need a 3:30 time to make Boston…I hate it!!! My other dilemma is not a bad one, but I need to work on it. I was asked to be a marathon pacer. What is a marathon pacer? Good question. A marathon pacer runs and motivates you to keep your ass going. You have to be good at pacing and there is usually a limit. The company I want to run with has a 30 second limit. That is crazy. That means if I pace you for 2 hours in a half marathon and I finish in 2 hours and 31 seconds of 1 hour and 59 minutes, I didn’t do my job. I love the challenge. However, I have to submit three full marathon times and I only have one for 2013. Oops…I looked at my schedule because my resolution was to do 18 half marathons this year. I don’t know where I will fit in the full marathon.
When to listen? I ran a lot on Sunday. I felt great. I have been trying to get back up to my 40 miles of running a week. At some point I will have to up it to 45. However, this winter has sucked and the temperature is killing me. I was really sick at the end of the week and I did a race Saturday. I went out to run on Sunday, but I have to admit my lung felt like it was on fire and then I wanted to quit. So I ran 13.2 miles. I felt great. However, I went to work yesterday and I sounded awful. I sounded like I was all stuffy and I got really dizzy and almost threw up in the middle of teaching. I am starting to wonder if it is just a lot on my body? I am hoping it is just that I was sick last week, but I do not know. We will see what happens but I am not ready to give up.
5AM what? Today I got up at 5 to start my morning running. I figure I need all the time I can get and I actually feel more awake today. I am hoping for better temperatures. Pleassssssse