Now that the marathon is over and things are getting back to normal I am facing the age old question of what is next?
Well of course my wheels were turning I think before I even crossed that finish line a few weeks ago...
The infamous BQ. I have lived here in Massachusetts my entire life. And every year we have a tiny marathon here that shuts down the city for a weekend. All of my life I have heard about it, dreaded the traffic from it etc. And for the first time this year, I went to the expo. I was in runner awe... It is a sight to see.
I never fully understood or even appreciated how awesome of an experience Boston is. Let's be honest, the old me had no idea what it took to run a mile, let alone a marathon... Now I know. Now I want it for myself too.
I have become lucky to meet a runner Robin who has qualified and will be running for the first time in April!!! I cannot wait to go cheer her on :)
I had the amazing chance to run with her on Sunday, we ran 21 miles around Boston and it was great. I learned a lot and tried to soak in her wisdom like a sponge. She has an amazing story check it out! But what I got the most out of it, is I can do it. Robin gave me some good ideas and I plan to use them in my training in the next few months.
I can run a marathon and qualify for Boston, that would be a 3:35 ;) that does scare me a bit. That is 11 minutes faster than I ran Philly! But I can train hard and set a goal and work for it, I have proven this time and time again.
So now I am looking forward to working on this goal :) I think I will make my first attempt at the Hyannis Marathon in February! I ran it last year and this race has a special place in my heart because it was my first half marathon.
Now it feels like it will be all coming together full circle. And if I do not get my bq there, then it will be sometime in May ;) there may or may not be several marathons going on then!