It’s hard to believe it’s been over a week since Goofy Challenge. I’ve actually been having a hard time with it; I had been planning and training for it since last July..and now it’s over. Sure, there will be one next year and there are other plenty of other races on my race calendar..but it’s just not the same to me. There was so much excitement and planning around this race..I miss that.
I had posted a challenge on Twitter and Facebook a few weeks ago that if I hit 100 likes on Facebook, I’d add a marathon onto my 2013 race calendar. You all were amazing and supportive, and I reached that goal very quickly. I was able to convince a group of friends to run with me (it’s amazing how much more fun you have running with friends!), and will be running the Twin Cities Marathon in October (and registering in February once registration opens).
But I needed a new goal to challenge myself, so naturally I looked at the biggest marathon challenge out there: The Boston Marathon.
With the Goofy Challenge, I didn’t know what to expect. My goal of the race was just to finish. My training was ok, but there were definite areas of improvement. After seeing the results of Goofy, I started thinking the what-ifs: What if I had trained harder? What if I hadn’t taken it so easy? What if it wasn’t so hot out?…could I have qualified for Boston?
I’m not regretting my performance at the marathon; I had a blast with friends, we were smart to take it easy with the heat advisory and I accomplished my goal of finishing. But now I really want to push it with my training and see what I can do. I want to qualify for Boston and run a marathon faster than 3:35.
With the Twin Cities Marathon being in October, I wouldn’t be able to qualify for Boston 2014. I decided to register for Grandma’s Marathon in June as my BQ race. This training is going to be quite different than my previous training – I’m going to be working with a coach on a customized training program. This goal’s going to be completely different than any of my previous goals, but I’m excited to start!