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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

I like dreamin' even if it never comes true

Call me crazy, ok. Just crazy.
 
But after Saturday's 20k performance (1:37:15), I decided I could at least look at the time it would take for me, a 40-year-old male, to qualify for the Boston Marathon.
 
So I went to the Boston Athletic Association's Web site, clicked on "Qualifying" and laughed. It was all I could do to keep from crying.
 
To qualify for Boston, I'd have to run a 3:20 marathon. That's a 7:38 mile.
 
Hmmm. I ran a 7:50 for last Saturday's 20k. The only way I'm getting to Boston is via frequent flier mileage.
 
Oh, well. Nothing wrong with dreaming big.
 
As I said in an earlier post, I'll be very happy if I can keep an 8:00 m/m pace the entire 26.2. Believe me, I know I've still got a lot of work to do. I'm up to about 40 miles a week with a little less than 12 weeks remaining for the White Rock Marathon. I've got an 18-miler this weekend. My goal is to slowly increase my weekly mileage to somewhere in the mid to high 50s before I begin the marathon taper.
 
I should note here that the 18-week runups during my two previous marathons, my total mileage both times was less than 525 miles. In my previous 18 weeks this year, I've run 560 miles. So beating my marathon PR of 4:41 should be no problem. And running under 4 hours should be no problem.
 
But...how low can I go.....3:45?.....3:30....3:25....Hmmmm.
 
WRITING UPDATE: Here is a diddy about a guy applying to be the police chief in Fort Worth. One problem. He's in a little trouble on his old job.

3 Comments:

Blogger Derek said...

With the prgress you have made this year I could see you BQing in a year or two with the right training. Keep up the hard work and mileage and anything is possible, or you could keep running at the same pace and qualify when you hit the 60 year old age group!!

September 23, 2008 at 9:39 PM  
Blogger Phil said...

It's 3:20:59... that gives you a couple of extra seconds per mile. (Strangely, the age group is your age at Boston, not for the qualifying race. You can qualify for the 45 age group when you are 43 1/2) I was about the same speed as you but managed to qualify after a year of marathoning. Just find a very flat marathon to run.

September 23, 2008 at 10:43 PM  
Blogger Victoria said...

I agree with Derek. Even if it's not this marathon, you've JUST started working on your speed. And to respond to Phil's comment, the California International Marathon in Sacramento in December is a net downhill (flat and no uphill, if memory serves) course-- very fast. (And it's a Boston Qualifier)

So... it's all settled then! See you in Dec. 2009! (Lots of wine to taste as well, you know...)

September 24, 2008 at 4:25 PM  

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