I’ll be at the starting line of my first Boston Marathon in exactly one week.
26 years of running. And now one week.
I’ll be there with hope and positive thoughts to get me through. They say the first 20 miles are what you train for, and the last six miles are mental. This time I’m not leaning on my training for any of it really.
But I’ll also be there with the love and support of so many of you that have reached out with your encouragement on this crazy journey. Thank you.
So I’ll be at the starting line of Boston Marathon in one week without my typical marathon training. There has been no taper as there’s no time. There’s nothing to taper from.
By now I should’ve been training for 14 weeks, had some 50 miles weeks. at least three 20+ mile runs, speed work, track workouts, tempo runs, hills repeats…
Instead I’ve been only back on my feet for seven weeks after four months of rest from a stress fracture and tendonitis…that still bothers me. In those seven weeks I’ve run only 2x week, had one long run of 16 miles and instead focused on strength, core and cross-training.
And right now I have no idea what that means over 26 miles. But as with any marathon, I have to trust in my training..and this was all I could do.
A year ago my goal without an injury was to earn another BQ to bring me back to Boston in 2017, but now I just want to be there to enjoy the party and reach the finish line…somehow.
My ankle is telling me that this might be a 5:15 marathon(never had a “5” in front of that before…).
My head is telling me that I can pull a 4:15 safely.
And my heart is telling that 3:51 is totally possible. My heart is ever the optimist and yet it’s been broken a few times before.
I’m not sure which will be right next Monday, but what I do know is I’m going to enjoy every single step of those 26 miles as this young girl qualified for THE BOSTON MARATHON and dammit I’m going to own this journey all the way to getting that unicorn medal at the finish. And I’ll be grateful to just see another beautiful Monday and have the ability to take even one step.
See you there, Boston.