For the past 3 months, I've felt like I've had this goal that I shouldn't be "allowed" to have. Although I think a lot of women catch the OTQ bug after they first break 3:00 in the marathon, my then-PR of 2:58:53 seemed like quite a far cry from a 2:45 (over 30 seconds/mile!). But something about running that 1:22 half at White River on tired legs made me believe I could pursue it, and when I brought my half time down to 1:21:26 at the Rock 'n' Roll Arizona half, on a course that was more difficult than White River and during a high mileage (for me) week, my dream intensified.
I've had a hard time not telling the world about this new
I felt like if I "proved" myself in Mesa-Phoenix, I would be "allowed" to officially have this goal. What excited me the most is that after I ran a 2:49, people started asking me if OTQ was my next goal. Others thought it was a reasonable step! I presume that most women who break into the upper 2:40s aim for the Trials B standard next; why not try? I would have kept my goal even if I had run much slower in Phoenix, but it would have been on a different timeline (originally I was thinking of going for it at CIM in 2018). Now I am going all in to try for the first time in fall 2017! There is a good chance I'll need multiple tries, but at least I'll have about 2.5 years to try. A friend told me that "a 2:49 on 57 mpw is a minor miracle", so I've decided to take that as a compliment and continue to train harder (but still conservatively and intelligently!) so I won't need a minor miracle for a 2:45.
Although I often have "secret" goals, sometimes it is hard for me to keep them secret because I have such passion about working towards them. I now feel like I can realistically work towards this. I have exactly 260 seconds to take off my time from Phoenix for a 2:45:00; that is 10 seconds/mile (how'd I swing that exactly, right?!). I figure I would need to start by running the second half that I ran in Phoenix (1:23:35) followed by my half PR (1:21:26) and one extra second faster, gun time -- that is probably how I would try to run it. It's still a very lofty goal, and I may never reach it -- but if you reach all of your goals you're not setting them high enough -- AND you must expect big things from yourself before you can do them! I finally feel worthy to "try"! And you bet I was emailing my coach about it for the first time as I waited at the Phoenix airport for my return flight to Missouri (he said, "Let's go for it!"), and I've been researching fall marathons ever since. I mean, what else does one do during a marathon recovery phase?!?
|Even if I never surpass 2:49, I'm pretty proud I got there...dream big!|