This is a question I get quite often from people who know I’ve been trying to Boston Qualify since….well…since I can remember. I think that it’s assumed that I will stop running, or maybe not even care about my timed goals anymore now that I have obtained my goal. But if you know me…. I bet you can guess what’s up next…
A faster, much faster marathon time.
Does that surprise you? It really shouldn’t. I am, above all, a 110% completely focused and goal driven person. Obtaining a BQ was my goal….but now I want to be a faster marathoner. I will continue to set goals, and hopefully knock them right out of the park.
I’ve already pretty much decided on my next three marathon(s). One is just for me, (to be revealed soon!) and one is something I do ever single year for Charity:The Boston Marathon. (More on my charity story soon!). The last is, as always, my absolute favorite…the Baystate Marathon..which yes I just completed on last Sunday BUT it is my very favorite race so it’s a no brainer. I might throw another full in there somewhere as a pacer for a marathon group-it’s been something that I’ve always wanted to do, so we shall see!!
As far as the month of November goes, I want to focus on shorter distance races to work on speed. I’ve already signed up for two races and am planning at least one more … A local 5k(still have to actually sign up for one!), a thanksgiving day 10k with SIL (so we can eat all the food after, duh) and a half at the end of November. I’m not sure what (if anything) I will race in December… I have a half in mind, but I’m still unsure because I have a million things every single weekend!!
I really love being motivated by an upcoming race. Shorter distances (anything under 26.2 is short, right?!)Technically…I’m not in “marathon training” right now. Buuuut…..The only real difference for me is that when I’m In training-I make myself do things like track workouts/sprinting/mile repeats/harder tempos and when I’m not in training, it’s more easy-just-go-with-the-flow-Whatever-works-today-kinda-runs….BUT…i would much rather be in training than not. I like having my constant effort level raised. I know there could come a point where this will get old/Life distractions come along—but for now: racing is my favorite!
And because I can not get enough of this idea, please tell me
Your favorite. I’m in the process of redecorating a room in my house, and I’m planning on displaying my medals. It’s also crossed my kind to MAKE my own…we’ll see!!
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How do you display your medals?