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Boston Marathon in 2 weeks….what am I really capable of?

Got this in the mail yesterday

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This is a moment I both love and despise….the unknown.

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In just a little over two weeks I will be running my second Boston Marathon.

For those that know me well, though I am well accomplished in life and sport, I am also very human;  I have fear, most definitely, I have doubt and uncertainty.  These demons creep through my thoughts on long runs, during workouts, and (like…right now) before races.

After retiring from being a full-time athlete in the sport of rowing 6 years ago, with my competitive edge completely burnt out I started running purely for the passion and joy of being outside and meeting so many awesome people in my running clubs. Over the past 6 years, I have done 7 road marathons, 8 ultra marathons, 4 half marathons and just last week, the oldest race in North America – Around the Bay 30km.

I still run for the love and joy of the process, but this year I have actually followed direction and have set some definitive goals (I have surprisingly manage to exceed most goals).

For Boston, my training is complete – we have conquered winter here in Ontario with many hard hill and interval workouts and, thank god for my stellar running buddies managed to log the “long” runs.  My last long run was this morning, and the next two weeks are simply icing on the cake (and I LOVE icing!) as I begin to recover from the months of training.  I had a goal, originally to run under 3:30 at Boston.

I find the human body’s ability to adapt to training so intriguing and empowering.  Though it is not much to speak of, the pace that I now am able to run is far above anything I thought possible 6 years ago.  In theory, if my math is correct, I should be able to run a 3:16-3:21 marathon. However running a 7:30-7:40 mile consistently for 42.2 km is dependent on the day.  Will it be my day? NO IDEA…the human body often has a mind of it’s own.

As a coach myself, I have helped so many others set and achieve goals. Doing it yourself is obviously a different story.  I will discuss with my coaches what they think I am capable of and do as I am told 😉

If you wish to follow the outcome, just follow my blog or like my Facebook page I’ll be sure to put links there (Boston Marathon, with 40,000 runners – happens to be on the ball).

Happy trails!

 

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