Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Holding a Golden Ticket? Part 1
This spring I was 'forced' (laugh) to run the Great Potato Marathon by my friend Christie. She was hoping to qualify and we were running together regularly to prepare. We had both recently finished the Antelope Island Buffalo Run 100 miler in Utah and she wrote on the marathon registration that her team name was Boston and a Belt Buckle. Believe it or not, running 100 miles is probably the easier of the two goals because 100 miles is about finishing whether it's walking jogging, or running. Boston qualifying, on the other hand, is about speed and maintaining that speed when your body and brain beg for mercy.
The reason I said 'forced' to run is because I didn't know if I had it in me to stay focused for 26.2 miles for a really tough goal. I was content on helping Christie get the elusive BQ she had come close to on several occasions. I told her I just didn't think I had the drive or desire. SO SHE SIGNED ME UP...paid for the entry as a birthday present since my birthday was a few days later.....and put me on the now two person Boston and a Belt Buckle team.
OK, time to get serious. I can run 26.2 for free anytime (which I have done a time or two). But when the money goes down for registration I get real serious, real fast. I had no idea how I would do that day, to be honest, since I have been focusing most of my running on the trails. Preparing for Antelope Island was a huge help because we did a lot of flat fast miles over the winter to avoid breaking our necks in the snow and ice of the foothills.
RTYP run was 13.1 miles and felt like max effort the whole way which left me nervous because there is no way I could have held on much longer. The crazy thing was I held this pace for 19 miles on race day until the turnaround and we headed slightly uphill to the finish.
Long story short...I qualified and was happy Christie pushed me to run the race for myself. So here I sit with the proverbial Golden Ticket that many runners try many many times to get. I had the time of my life in 2011 at Boston in spite of being sick and dealing with injury issues over the winter. I would love to go back but just can't afford it. It is still a 'definite maybe' at this point that I would even get in anyway. There are 5,000 spots available and 7,500 new names in the hat with the rest of the week to go for registration. I will be content to sit this one out and let someone else have a shot at the once in a lifetime opportunity that I had. I'll keep practicing and hopefully make it back someday!
Christie and I joked the other day that I may have to settle for a Belt Buckle BQ sandwich. That is...if I can finish the Bear 100 in 10 days!
Posted by Ryan at 3:04 PM