Back in 1991, I was in pretty good shape. I had just turned 28 in August and was running consistent 50 mile weeks through the summer and sometime during those dogs days I decided to run the Chicago marathon that coming October. I had heard good things about the course (flat/fast), and hadn’t run a marathon in a couple of years and wanted to give it a shot. I’d run a couple of sub 17 minute 5k’s and a sub 36 minute 10k earlier that summer as well as a couple of 20 milers so I was cocky enough to think I could run somewhere around 2:40... Soooo…. without any “real” or structured build up, preparation or taper, I ended up running a 2:53:21. I went through the half in sub 1:20, bonked hard at mile 23 and literally almost walked the entire last half mile. I’m certain with some better pacing skills (and a more realistic goal) I could have run something around 2:45 at that time.
Well here it is 17 years later, and I’m 17 years older, and 17 years wiser. I have NO DOUBT that I can still, with proper preparation, run just as fast now as I did back then. As for my upcoming Boston attempt, barring any injuries or major set-backs, I’m going to call it conservatively optimistic and say…..
…..here it comes…..
…..wait for it….
…that I’d like to run a PR… There you go, and without actually giving a specific time.… anything under 2:53 and I’ll be on top of the world… although I’d be just as happy with a sub 3:00, especially at Boston. Maybe after a few more months and a few more AeT test efforts, there may be a better indication if this goal is a realistic one or not come next Patriot’s Day.