My Running Goals
I've been a recreational runner for as long as I can remember. Both of my parents ran while I was growing up. In fact, I remember my dad running several marathons, so perhaps I come by it honestly. I would accompany him in the jogging stroller as a youngster and ride my bike alongside him when I grew older.
After I completed high school and no longer took part in organized sports, I needed something to keep my busy and active. So, at 19 years old, I decided to train for and run my first marathon. I completed the Montreal Marathon in 2009, which was the hardest and most rewarding thing I've ever done. Despite the pain, I was hooked. I've since ran three more full marathons, countless half marathons, and one triathlon. Most recently, I had a personal best at the 2015 New York City Marathon, with a time of 4 hours, 13 minutes.
Now that I'm pregnant, though, I'm finding running uncomfortable. Due to unrelenting nausea and exhaustion, I barely exercised at all throughout the 1st trimester. Now that I'm feeling better, I'm happy to report that I'm fitting in weights and/or prenatal workout videos that I find on YouTube 3-4 times each week, plus walks with Chevy most days.
However, I do miss running. As much as I'm enjoying this pregnancy, I'm already looking forward to getting back into running shape after our baby makes his debut in August. This feeling was exacerbated after watching the 2017 Boston Marathon yesterday morning.
While my marathon times have gotten increasingly better, which I'm proud of, I would love to qualify for the Boston Marathon one day - hopefully sooner than later. However, to do so, I need to shave about 4o minutes off my best marathon time. It's doable, but it won't be a walk in the park. I'll have to not only put in the training miles, but also complete speed work and hill training, coupled with a lot of mental resolve.
So, I'm putting my goal of qualifying for the Boston Marathon (ideally by the time I'm 35, but I'll take it as a "bucket list" accomplishment as well) out there on the Internet to hold myself accountable. After getting the go ahead to start running again after giving birth, I'll post my progress periodically.
*Photo from the halfway point of the 2013 Chicago Marathon, where I ran a PB at the time, finishing in just over 4:20.