Most Unprepared 2013 Boston Marathoner

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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.

13 Comments
  • The Jogging Dad
    February 27, 2013

    Yes, whatever you do, just enjoy the experience. There are people like me way out down in Australia who would love to have your bib #. Good luck.

    • Koji Kawano
      February 27, 2013

      Thank you! I will definitely try to enjoy the event running or walking =)

  • wandering jouster
    February 27, 2013

    good luck! apply the locus of control. it will surely be of great help. 🙂

    • Koji Kawano
      February 27, 2013

      Wow, locus of control… Never master that, but that’s the spirit anyways!

  • Dan
    February 27, 2013

    There’s no time like the present to start it back up, right? I’m sure you’ll do well in Boston. Sure, it might not be a PR or another BQ, but the sheer amount of fast talent out there HAS to be contagious right? That’s a bug you WILL want to catch!

    Good luck as you ramp back up.

    • Koji Kawano
      February 27, 2013

      Thanks, Dan! I am not sure I will do well but I plan to enjoy the race. Good luck on your next race in Paleozoic Trail Run!

  • Mary Pat Withem
    February 27, 2013

    Way to get back into the game! Best of luck 🙂

    • Koji Kawano
      February 27, 2013

      Thank you! You are right. I have to get back somehow and this is the right time!

  • happypaulo
    March 9, 2013

    I hope the training has picked up Koji. First time Ive read your blog. Just see it as a training run, working towards a PR later in the season

    • Koji Kawano
      March 9, 2013

      Thank you for visiting! Hope you liked my blog. I’m going for 12 miles today! Longest run this year. Wish me luck =)

      • happypaulo
        March 9, 2013

        Smash it up mate!! Ive just started a running blog myself. Ive taken some good ideas from reading yours

  • imarunner2012
    March 19, 2013

    You may not have the training to run a strong race but you have the experience to run it successfully. Do what you can and enjoy the experience.

    • Koji Kawano
      March 19, 2013

      I hope so! The longest run has been 13 miles so far and I have 4 more weeks. Thanks for your comment.

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