Yup that’s it.
The taper crazies are not setting in as I’ve got too much going on and could use the time away from running. That being said, it doesn’t mean that my mind is not going.
I’ve been looking at the course. I’ve been thinking about my goals. I’ve been thinking about how far I’ve come and it’s been far.
I started this journey just a few short years ago. I think it’s been 5 years now. How the time goes.
This is me when I started going to the gym. When I decided it was time. When never having even done a 5K, I signed up for my first Sprint Triathlon. It was during this training that I realized that running wasn’t so bad. That is was actually something to be enjoyed not just endured. That I would miss it on days that I didn’t run. That it would bring people into my life that I adore. It also taught me that I could accomplish things I could only imagine if I just worked hard enough.
Then I thought about my last marathon (can’t believe I use the word last and not only). I ran Marine Corps Marathon in 4:38:14. It was a solid race, but there were things I would have done differently. There were regrets.
(As a side note, I am only 10 pounds lighter here than in the picture above but look at those solid legs. Remember the number on the scale can lie)
Now back to the story….
The other day I went out for 6 miles. I spent a good portion of that run having a pep talk with myself reminding myself how far I’ve come. I reminded myself that I’ve come even further since MCM. That I am stronger now. That I have already proven that I can go the distance. That this year alone I’ve already run more than 1050 miles and still going strong. Last year I literally was going out at the end of December to hit 1000. That I am better trained that I was for MCM. That I’m stronger and faster. That I need to run (not walk) away from the NYC Marathon with one thing…
Yes, a little phycing out is a good thing.
I came up with my goal. A realistic goal according to my coach too.
So what is my goal?
I want to run the NYCM in 4:30.
I’ve got a goal and now I’ve got a plan and don’t see a reason why I can’t reach it either.
As long as I give it all I’ve got. As long as I don’t give up. As long as I push to the end.
There will be