Hi, before you read on about my goal, let me introduce myself:
My name is Janice – I’m a 38 yr old, married mother of 3 daughters. I’m a runner and I work full-time.
…. Oh and I want to qualify for the 2016 Boston Marathon, despite the fact that the last full marathon I ran was over 10 years ago… well before I had to juggle kids with my training.
Why the 2016 Boston Marathon?
The qualifying time for the Boston Marathon depends on your age on race day. I’ve done the research and worked everything out – I will be 40 yrs old on race day in 2016, so my qualifying time lowers by 5 min to 3hrs and 45 min. Race registration is usually the September before (2015) and I’ll have a year prior to that to run a marathon and finish within 3 hours and 45 min qualify (September 2014 – September 2015). I’ve always dreamed of running the Boston Marathon. I admire runners who have because the pace required to qualify is fast – faster than I am now. To qualifyI need to train myself to be able to hold at least a 5:19/km pace for 42.2 km’s. To put this into perspective, my most recent half marathon pace was 5:28/km and I felt like I had nothing left in the tank afterwards.
I need to start now.
It’s been over 10 years since the last time I ran a full marathon, and even back then, my fastest one was completed in 4:06:30, which averages out to a 5:50/km pace. Admittedly I ran the first 20miles of that marathon faster than 5:50/km, then slowed down greatly over the last 6 miles. I know that increasing my pace and teaching my body to hold that pace over 42.2 km’s to qualify is going to take A LOT of work. I’m going to have to lose a few pounds (maybe 10?). I’m going to have to eat cleaner to give my body everything it needs to handle the training, to grow mitochondria for endurance, muscles for power, and red blood cells for oxygen carrying capacity. I’m going to have to push my body near it’s limits on almost every training run over the next two years. I will need to exchange my casual jog that I’ve been calling “training” for things like tempo runs, fartleks, speed work, plyometrics, strength training and even long slow distance. Every workout will be planned to help me reach my goal.
I want to do this – I’m ready mentally and physically to do this, and it all starts now. I can’t think of anything more enjoyable, rewarding or challenging than working my butt off to find out what I’m truly capable of. I’m also very curious…
How many training and racing kilometers will it take for me to qualify for the Boston Marathon?