The Boston Marathon is four weeks away today and I am excited.
I have decided to focus on the THRILLS of running. I will not let this winter (spring) weather get me defeated. I will not allow a couple of discouragingly slow races (i.e. the Chilly Half Marathon) get me down.
There is much to be thrilled about and my training is looking better these days. Yes, the weather has been challenging, but I have run through so much of it. Let’s count my successes and think towards an exciting Boston in four weeks.
Reasons to be encouraged as I look towards the Boston Marathon:
1. I have successfully increased my mileage. I have logged my highest mileage weeks ever these past three weeks. My maximum weekly mileage in preparing for my past marathons was 75-80km. My mileage last week was 97.4 km, and the weeks before 89km and 88km.
2. I have done more consistent interval work thanks to my new treadmill. Mile repeats are scheduled on the treadmill tomorrow morning.
3. I will be thrilled to run Boston, regardless of my finishing time. My strategy will be to start off conservatively and then pick up the pace as the race progresses. This has worked well for me at the last two Boston races I have run. I will enjoy the race, with all the incredible athletes and supportive spectators and simply put my best foot forward. I have goals, but ultimately, being at Boston and running is the main goal.
4. When the weather does warm up and my legs thaw out, it will be such a glorious feeling and I will be more thrilled to run than ever before!
This winter and my disappointing races have truly reminded me that I do run for the love of it. I will continue to run even when I see my times getting slower. I hope that I have not reached that moment in my life yet, but if I have, I will continue to run and push myself. It is a blessing to be able run and I will not take that gift for granted.