I am having a dilemma right now and would love to know what you think I should do. As I mentioned here, I have been dealing with some fatigue issues the past few months and have not felt 100% in my running or my day to day life. However, my running is starting to feel a little bit better. I had some good runs over the Thanksgiving holiday that left me thinking and hoping that I am on the rebound.
Now I need to decide what to do with the next few months of running. I am thrilled to get to run the Boston Marathon (God-willing) this April. I’ve also got my hopes set on running the Boston Marathon in 2014 because it falls on my birthday, April 21st. So I need to run a qualifying time that will allow me to run in 2014. In an ideal world, I would qualify at this April’s Boston Marathon for the 2014 race. However, I know that Boston is a challenging course with the hills, and there is no way of knowing what the weather will be that day. If it’s hot like last year, put a fork in me because my body does NOT run well in hot weather. So that would leave the remainder of the summer to run a qualifying race, which may or may not happen and my dreams of Boston 2014 would be dead. This is the reason I was going to run the Tucson Marathon as my Plan B after NYC didn’t happen. It’s a great downhill course, giving me some extra help in hitting my qualifying time. The problem is since I haven’t been feeling great, my training has not been ideal leading up to this marathon that is now a week and a half away. So do I still try to go for it and see if I can hit the 3:45 I need for Boston 2014? Here are the options I’m weighing and would love your help in deciding what to do.
1.) Run the Tucson Marathon on December 8th and hope to hit my time. Then take a few weeks off and jump into training for Boston.
2.) Take the next 7 weeks to focus on gaining some speed back (which seems to have been missing the past few months) and run the Arizona Rock ‘n’ Roll half marathon on January 20 in Phoenix and then transition into Boston training. Essentially putting all my eggs in the Boston basket and hope to run a 2014 qualifying time there.
3.) Take the next 7 weeks to train for the Arizona Rock ‘n’ Roll full marathon and try to qualify there for Boston 2014, then take 2 weeks off and have 10 weeks to train for Boston.
Please leave a comment let me know what you think. What would you do? If you have run Boston is it as tough as everyone says it is?