Last week I ran the Firecracker 5K in Shreveport. I’ll be honest, I’m glad it’s come and gone. It was a lot of fun and while I enjoy 5Ks, I’ve gotten somewhat bored with them and I’m ready to do something different for a while. I ran the Whistle-stop half-marathon in May, and while I was pleased with my results coming off an injury, it left me hungry for more.
A few months ago I was on a run with a couple of old high school buddies. We were talking about upcoming races we wanted to meet up and run and talked about running a marathon. We decided to run the 2013 Louisiana Marathon. Not only that, but we are all going to qualify for Boston so we can go and run it together. I believe the current qualifying time for Boston for my age (24) is 3:05 (maybe 3:10). I figure since I’m already so close, might as well try to go sub-three. Is it ambitious to want to qualify for Boston on the first marathon I ever race? Probably. However, I feel that if I stay healthy and train properly, I will be able to achieve my goal.
For the next 6 months, my blog will almost exclusively be covering my marathon training on a week-by-week basis. Every week I’ll post my runs and workouts with an in-depth look at how things are progressing. There will be tune up races along the way (Jazz Country Half-Marathon for sure) which will help me determine how my training is going and help me to tweak it as needed. So be sure to check back every week and see how things are going and pass on some encouraging words. More than likely, I’ll need them.