In the summer of 2017 I had set a goal to run the Boston Marathon. When I ran my first marathon back in 2016 and saw my time, I felt that Boston was out of reach. Then when other people weighed in on my finish time, I felt that I would never be able to run Boston. I never gave it another thought, I was running to have fun. While I was out on 5k training runs it hit me. I saw my splits of 7:35, 9:35, 10:00, and 9:15; that it I hit me. The night before I ran splits of 8:25, 9:35, and 9:55. I was getting faster. Then I started to see my first mile at 7:25, the second mile at 8:00 and the last mile at 9:35. It hit me that Boston is no longer out of reach, and that I can achieve a BQ (Boston Qualifier). The dream of Boston seemed so much more within my reach.
Now, it’s time to put that speed into distances longer than a 5k. It was time to train. After taking the summer off to rest to fully recover from a knee injury (I ran the 2017 Los Angeles Marathon, and the 2017 Paris Marathon on a sprained knee). This race season I am focusing on getting my strength back, and starting from the beginning. First stop is the 2018 Santa Monica Classic 5k. The 2019 Sketchers Performance Los Angeles Marathon will be like a benchmark. It’ll show me where I am and I can adjust my training accordingly.
When I read that it took people years of training to get their first BQ, I had decided that I was not going to set a time limit on this goal. I decided that setting a time limit on it, well, its just not who I am. Everyone is different. I didn’t want to set a time limit, not make it, and felt like I failed. No, no matter how long it takes, no matter how many attempts, I will qualify for Boston.
My journey to qualify for Boston will be filled with adventure. The training, the races, and of course, who can forget the awesome medals. I can’t wait to share it all with you.