My confirmation email from the Boston Marathon came in this morning securing my spot in the 2016 race. It turns out this was a very challenging race to get into with a minimum qualifying time of 2:28 faster than the official time needed to get in. I beat the standard by 2:36. That was close.
But no matter. I'm in and now I have something to train for. That void in training goals is satisfied. And while I had been quietly contemplating just enjoying Boston and running it rather leisurely I'm now filled with a renewed blood lust to attack my marathon PR and see if I have at least one more fast marathon in me.
I'll be officially starting training in November and I'm sure writing about my training including nutrition. The summer hasn't been particularly focused for me, I've slowed considerably, never run further than 22km and even managed to gain 5 pounds of unwelcome weight. It's time to build my base and get my running routines in line now.
I believe I'll be writing my own plan again. I had considered hiring a coach this time around but there was something satisfying about creating my own plan and executing it for the Vancouver Marathon.
One thing is for certain, I'll be purchasing just about every Boston souvenir item they have for sale. This isn't a time to be a minimalist. Possibly a new part time job to pay for the hotel, flight and expenses is in order.