In less than five months, I will be running across the glorious Golden Gate Bridge not once, but twice – with thousands of my closest friends. Even though I’ve already booked my hotel room, made a list of San Francisco must-see’s and have connected online with fellow ambassadors, it still feels like a dream. Perhaps it has something to do with the allure of the fog, or the fact that it will be my lucky 7(th) marathon, but as I laid awake recently, the crazy idea popped into my mind: on June 16, 2013, I will be making my third official attempt at Boston-qualifying time.
Yes, I know this sounds crazy. Yes, I have read countless race reports about the killer hills – I mean, it was even ranked 15th in the Weather Channel’s 15 Toughest Marathons in the World! Yet still, the course beckons me to run – and run fast!
My current marathon PR was obtained at the Baltimore Marathon – another hilly course. This is not to say that I think hills are easy (they’re not) or that Baltimore is like San Francisco in anyway (other than they’re playing each other in the Super Bowl – coincidence? Haha!) but I think it does signify this: I love a challenge.
That said, on Monday, February 25th, I will be embarking upon the training cycle to rival all (of my previous) training cycles – more endurance, more speedwork and of course, hills than I’ve ever incorporated! I will train strong and I will train smart – and most of all, I will train with heart – all the way to San Francisco!