A year ago today I ran my very first half marathon in 1:53:24 at the 2009 Goodlife Fitness Toronto Marathon…
I clearly remember thinking 21km was extremely hard core and the thought of doing it over again seemed humanly impossible. However, after the race ( which as you can see I ran in four layers of clothes, a jacket, head warmer and gloves despite it being probably 12 degrees outside, with two iPods and completely naive to what a gel was or what the heck km pace meant!) I had this magical moment where I thought to myself.. “I want to run a marathon”..
Flash forward 6 and a half months, to the finish line of the 2010 Vancouver Marathon where my BP colleague Amelia and I embraced after running the 42.2 in sub 3:40:00 and despite my inability to walk.. I had another moment of inspirational mental lapse… BOSTON MARATHON!?
Now here we are, October 18th..
Why is it that running always keep you coming back for more?..
6 months from today I will run the 2011 Boston Marathon 🙂
Stay tuned, you are sure to soon be sick of Boston related rambles.. although I will not officially start training until December..ish, I am going to be bold and throw out a goal time right from the get go… sub 3:25 in Boston!. But um Alyson you dreamer.. that is kind of outrageous don’t you think? Well in the words of China’s favourite Canadian..”what the mind believes the body achieves” .. All I can say is somebody better be in Boston to see if such words are actually the truth!
(Please note that I only feel comfortable disclosing my goals because I am well aware that my blog readership is rarely in the double digits on consecutive days!)
Meanwhile, back to reality..
Today I ran 40 minutes in the glorious sunshine with my XC buds Brianna, Aless and Natasha.. I don’t know what my average pace was or how far we went as I have put away my Garmin aka “portable computer” in the mocking words of my XC coach until the end of our season in a month.. I also did a 30 minute pool workout with the team in the morning.. it consisted of lengths,
Alyson’s doggy paddle water running, and “one breath sprints”.
On the school front I had a lengthy meeting with my thesis advisor ( over lunch… amazing chicken, pecan and greens salad.. bonus! :)), which got the nerd
half side of me all rallied up, a Canadian studies class (gotta love leaving context credits from first year to fourth year..) and a marketing presentation.
Tomorrow I am heading up to my 8 am class on foot which will be the first instalment of “Operation Run Everywhere”.. inspired by my favourite running guru.. as long as I am healthy and the ground is not covered in snow.. I am going to be running everywhere for the next 6 months!
And that is probably enough running rambles for one night.. I hope you had a fabulous day! Sleep tight.
"I feel that the greatest reward for doing is the opportunity to do more." Jonas Salk
Does anyone else have upcoming race goals? Please share!