I’m not one to post every time that I run. I am opposed to the vainglorious types that post every time that they run in a “look at me” kinda way. I know that there are some people, among them are friends of mine, that post as kind of a journal and for accountability purposes. That’s what this post is for.
If any sad bastard needs accountability, it’s me. You see, running is like everything else in my life. When I put my mind to it and really make the effort I am pretty decent at it. Maybe even bordering on good. But there’s the problem. Like everything else in my life, I start out with good intentions and when it gets hard or I get bored with it I let it slide. I see you looking at me with a knowing glance. I get it.
Since the dawn of time, I have claimed that one day I will run the Boston Marathon. I have run marathons before but nowhere near fast enough to qualify for Boston. It’s a dream of mine that I don’t want badly enough to put the work in. I am here to tell you that I WILL run that damn marathon some day. I might be 50, 55, or 60, but I will do it.
I am going to use this platform to keep myself accountable, and hopefully for my readers to hold me accountable as well. I am not going to post every time that I run, but mostly just weekly targets and results as well as my plans for the future. I have a rough 3-year plan in my mind to qualify for Boston. which will take me near my 50th birthday (for fuck sakes!).
I have pretty much had to start from scratch with an intermediate half-marathon plan. The plan in the first week calls for 27 km over 5 days. I have already revised that to 22 km over 4 days because I didn’t want to jump in too hard, too fast. I don’t want to end up looking like Bojack Horseman up there.
My immediate goals are just to get my sorry ass back in shape. I am in such awful shape compared to when I was running marathons, half-marathons, and triathlons that it is embarrassing. Next year will be the year I get back into racing with the plan being a Spring half-marathon and then a fall marathon with some other events sprinkled in there. First things first, though. I have to be able to run 6 km without it looking and feeling like I have a piano on my back.
This week’s goal: 22 km over 4 days. Currently half-way there.
“Every day it gets a little easier. But ya gotta do it every day. That’s the hard part, but it does get easier.”