So I obsess about running. Big surprise huh? I read everything there is to read about running. New products, I jump right on the wagon and purchase what we can afford. Is there a cool destination race? I am totally there. Next month, I am hoping to qualify for Boston. This would be a huge thing for me as it was while watching the Boston Marathon over 2 years ago on TV that I decided I was going to run a marathon. I was obese at the time and hadn't run in years, but I knew I could run a marathon.
Living in the Boston area is a bonus for me in terms of motivation as I have been able to go to the Expo's for the past 2 years and just stare at all the amazing athletes. I want to be one of those amazing athletes. There are many spots offered to local runners if you know the right person. I have a feeling, if I looked hard enough, I could run Boston without qualifying, but I refuse to do Boston without earning my spot. I want to be at that starting line with other athletes who worked as hard as I have to get to Hopkinton. Would you run Boston if you were offered an entry?
So here I am, 96 pounds lighter and getting ready to run Twin Cities Marathon and hope to cross that finish line in under 3:40:59. On my run today, I imagined that moment and almost started crying. Crazy, yes I am, but so excited. I told my sister-in-law that she may be embarrassed to watch me cross, if I qualify for Boston. I will probably look like a fool because of all the bottled up excitement I will let loose.
Now, I realize, it may not be my day and I may not qualify. That is fine with me, as I know I will be signed up for another race within a few hours and I will get to Boston. Qualifying for Boston is my A goal, meaning, everything has to go perfect that day for me to finish in the correct time. I think I will actually be happy with my B goal, which is a 3:45. Yes, I won't be running Boston with that time, but it is a huge step towards Boston. I am not saying I won't be disappointed if I don't qualify, but I am well aware of how hard it is thus my other goals. Goal C, is to beat my Vermont time of 3:55. As long as I don't crash and have to walk, I know that I can handle that.
Since, I keep thinking about my future 3:40 marathon, I have picked out my present to myself for qualifying. (Note, I probably will still buy these for my birthday if I don't qualify. My birthday is in December, so I guess my punishment is 2 extra months of waiting.) Meet, Newton.
These beautiful shoes are Newton Running Shoes. These are not the exact pair I am getting for sure, as I plan on going to a retailer and trying them out, but I am for sure switching to Newton's. Newton Running really focuses on forefoot running which is how I learned to run. Forefoot running is a more natural way to run and Newton Running really focuses on healthy running. You can read A LOT about Newton's and forefoot running on Brandon's Marathon. Brandon is a huge fan of Newton's and talks about them all the time on his Podcast. I had thought about switching shoes long before I found his podcast, but now I am much more excited to try them out. The shoes are not cheap, but you can definitely look around online and find them for a smaller price tag.
So 3:40, please come my way, as I really want some new shoes. You can bet I will be thinking about those shoes when I am mentally talking myself out of slowing down.