Since I ran my first marathon in 2008, people have asked me: “Have you run the Boston Marathon?”, “Do you plan to run the Boston Marathon anytime soon?” Even the non-runners know the value of the Boston Marathon. For runners like us, the Boston Marathon is a once in a lifetime goal. It is a very difficult task for an everyday runner like me who did not start running until late in life. If I want to be accepted at the Boston Marathon, I need to run a qualifying marathon in 3 hours and 15 minutes (or better). After running 20 marathons and two ultra-marathons, my best marathon time is 3 hours and 29 minutes.
I am not sure when I will get to the Boston Marathon. Looking through all options, I have decided on a possible year when I can qualify for– 2015. I call it the “Boston 2015.” Now, I have a deadline. I need to find a way to reach to that goal. I have looked at the Zig Ziglar’s 7 Steps of Goal Setting. It has a lot of insights that I believe work for me.
As a marathon runner, I always have a goal. Since I started to run, I have gone season by season. I always have a start and an end of a season. I know some goals in life take longer than others, but so far I have been able to reach most of the goals that I have set. I hope that I will get to the Boston Marathon by 2015.
Here are few a “how to’s” on reaching the goal of qualifying for Boston:
|Boston Goal 2015|
|Do more Speed workouts|
|More tempo runs|
|Run fewer marathons per season.(Currently, I run 6-8 marathon and ultra marathon a year)|
|Run shorter distance races for speed|
|Log more road and trails training miles|
|Talk and train with people who have done Boston in the past|
|Talk and train with like-minded runners who are trying for their first Boston qualifying time|
|Use training time wisely|
|Read other people’s blogs, articles, and books on running|
|Get older (Yes, this is a real goal for a lot of us)|
(I will update this table as I receive tips from other runners)
Reaching any goal in life takes time. It is taking time for me to get to the Boston Marathon. I was not a runner before 2007. I am willing to wait. I will work each and every day for the next few years to line up at the Boston Marathon by 2015.
“Write it down. Written goals have a way of transforming wishes into wants; can’t into can; dreams into plans; and plans into reality. Don’t just think it – ink it!” – Author Unknown
Suman Silwal, Founder marathonRuns – mRun.com, marathon and ultra marathon runner since 2007.
Thanks April Stalevicz and Lea Davis for reviewing and editing this post!