Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Giddy Up

My very first marathon I ran was in 2001. I started training from a base of zero and signed up for the marathon before even running a single step. The competitive person in me knew that I was going to finish that race. I joined a training team in town and had a great experience. When I finished that Chicago Marathon in 4:24 the first thing I said to myself is, "I can do better than that."

So I laced up my shoes again and did my next marathon about 6 months later. This time I was training with purpose. My purpose was to go sub-4:00. And I did in the Flying Pig 2002 with a 3:57. After getting married that summer and taking the next year off, I put those running shoes back on and was determined to qualify for Boston. And I did running a 3:39 in Columbus 2003.

Since then I have run pretty steadily bouncing between a 3:39 and 3:35 for the next 7 marathons (except for two Boston Marathons). As mentioned in the previous post, I had a goal for three years to run 3:30. Now, I have reached this goal.

So what's next?

A few days after the marathon I sent an e-mail to Coach. Turns out, I want to go faster. I'm not putting a target on an exact number but I dream of qualifying for NY with a 3:23 and someday beating my dad's personal best of 3:21. The best part? Coach is totally onboard and believes in me and my abilities.

So, giddy up Mer! The fun is about to begin.

6 comments:

TRI TO BE FUNNY said...

Remember--you are young and these old bones hit it at age 35. You will be getting faster for years to come! With that being said, RUN LIKE THE WIND!!!

Val said...

Wooohooo! Go get 'em! =D

jeff said...

oh oh oh! does that mean you got a YES for CIM?

Meredith said...

Probably no CIM this year but the girls and I have already been talking it up for next year.

ECrunnergirl said...

You are inspiring! Im ready to fight for a 3:40 marathon in March. I can't wait to follow your journey to a 3:23.....I will be anxious to hear about your training plan :)

Girl on Top said...

Just read about you beating 3:30 and just want to say congrats!

Doing my first marathon next spring and want to qualify for Boston with first marathon. That's a bit of a stretch, since it's going to be my first, but your post is inspiring me to push it!