UGH. My finish time wasn't terrible (3:40:35) but it was not an enjoyable event.
I didn't have the itch to return to the marathon for six years.
Then earlier this year, something changed. I was watching coverage of Boston when I could sneak updates during my workday and I thought, "I wish I was running this!"
The seed was planted. There was no going back.
The more I thought about it, the more obsessed I became.
I knew I needed to do a few things to keep me motivated. The earliest I could do Boston was 2016, having not run a marathon this year to qualify for the 2015 race. I will be 35 years old at the time of the 2016 Boston marathon, which according to the qualifying standards, I need to run 3:40:00 or less. I would prefer to run a fall marathon to qualify, but did not want to put all of my eggs in one basket. I decided the best thing to do was to register for a spring 2015 race, that way if I missed qualifying, I could have another chance with a fall 2015 race.
So, #1, I had to find a spring 2015 race.
I wanted something close to home and cheap. I decided on the Wisconsin Marathon, located in Kenosha, WI, about an hour away from home. Race day is May 2, 2015. I registered the day it opened.
I also knew that I needed some peer pressure. The more people I told about my goal, the more people to hold me accountable. I have a fairly high internal locus of control motivating me, but I knew that it would be even more motivating to have others hold me accountable.
So, #2, I started this blog to document my training.
194 days until race day!