Guess what? I made it into the Boston Marathon! Yes, remember this race? Well, the Boston Qualifying (BQ) time for my age group is 3:40 but in the last few years (2012, 2014-2016), a person had to run faster than the qualifying time to actually be accepted. This apparently causes a lot of wailing and gnashing of teeth on internet forums.
This year, the time to beat was 2:09 faster than the qualifying time. Since I ran 2:50 under the qualifying time, I was in! Hooray! I’m really excited to run with my favorite training partner again and it should be a great weekend in April. There’s a lot of training between now and then, though!
|Stolen from the Internet! Maybe I should get on Pintrest. “Pinned” sounds better!|
I’ll start a 16 week plan right after Christmas. My plan for the Fall is to do more strength and interval training for speed before I head into a Winter of increasing distances. I’m going to use my 21 Day Fix Extreme DVDs and throw some running into the mix, 2-3 times a week.
|Bright blue marshmallow clouds!|
I’m also nervous because for the first time since high school, I switched shoe brands! I want to try the Hoka One One Clifton 3s, which are really padded but apparently, are still able to move in a streamlined-feeling way. Here’s hoping! I will let you know. They compared favorably to my trusty Asics and since I’m not getting any younger, I figured impact-reducing shoes could only help. Unless I get shin splints. And then I would be very sad.
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