And that would be me. This will be my fourth time running Boston Marathon, and I will most likely be running despite my sad shape today. The longest I’ve run this year is 8 miles so far, and February mileage is 31 as of today, which is 31 miles longer than January mileage. The fitness I had built up for NYC in November must be completely gone by now, and there is so much I can do between now and April 15. But I’m thinking no Boston qualifier in his or her right mind would throw away an entry, just because s/he is not in top shape. Right. The cold I caught shortly after a flu is almost gone. My heel pain has faded to the point of non-existence, neither the pain in my lower ab, since I have not been running for a while. I believe this sickness induced rest has been a blessing and my legs and feet are ready to resume a training. Right!
There are seven weeks until Patriots’ Day.
Assuming I can still run 6 miles today and assuming I can add three miles to the longest weekly run, I should be able to finish a marathon on April 15. And the keyword here is ‘to finish’. This is nowhere near the conventional marathon training, and I probably would not do this if it was not already end of February. It is often suggested you increase weekly mileage by max of 10 percent; otherwise, you risk injuries. I know my plan will increase my weekly mileage by much more than 10 percent each week, but I think it’s do-able, because 1) This is not my first marathon. I have eight marathons and a few half marathons under my belt. 2) I will not be running fast.
I cannot begin to think about running a PR or a BQ this time. Those times seem so far fetching at the moment, but in order to run another Boston next year, I have to do something about it. In fact, I have penciled in a marathon in mid-August in my calendar, so hopefully by then I will be in a shape to challenge my PR or at least BQ for 2014.
The training starts tomorrow. If everything goes well, I should be able to enjoy the race without worrying about my time, which would be a new Boston experience.