But come the first of June, that all changes and marathon training begins! I can hardly believe it's about time to make the switch. More miles, longer long runs and marathon-specific workouts.
Recently, Coach Matt and I discussed goals for my fall marathon. The goal time we decided on scares me but in a good way. I'm a big believer in pushing myself and this one will be a challenge.
The number one goal, is getting a BQ time, but the goal time is ... Sub 3:30. Gulp!
I still have runs when I can barely crank 9:xx pace without wanting to quit. And now I'm shooting for 26.2 miles, averaging 8 minute pace.
But, you know what? I think I can do it come October. I'm running stronger and smarter than ever before. Plus, consistency. I reviewed my Believe I Am training journal over the weekend and I've had a solid 2014 to date. I'm ready to step up my game.
I have no doubt achieving this goal will require a lot of work and discipline this summer. I'll watch the sun rise while logging miles on all the running paths in the area. I'll spend happy hours at the YMCA doing kettle bell classes and doing strength training and core work. I'll foam roll, stretch, ice bath and get enough sleep. I might even cutback on the number of cookies I eat each week! It's a summer of setting myself up to be in the position to execute on the plan come race day.
This summer, you'll find me at the Lakefront
The bar has been set and I'm so excited to see what's possible this summer. It's scary to set a big goal but the potential reward, and journey to achieving it, makes it all worth it.
My questions for you:
- What goal are you currently working toward?
- Have you ever set a goal that scares you? If so, what was it and what did you do to make it happen?