I started to take training more seriously at 27. I honestly didn’t know how far I would go or where it would take me. It started out as a bet with my wife on who could complete 3 loops of Central Park for the NYC Marathon 18-Mile Tune Up. It then progressed to me running a marathon in hopes of qualifying for Boston in San Francisco. When the San Franciscan hills and my own inexperience slowed me down, I tried again. The following year, I BQ’ed in Colorado. I originally wanted to only run Boston, then resume bigger plans and goals for my music career.
However, as most people find, running becomes addictive. Through the process of improving and nailing down a good marathon time, I found that I performed quite well at shorter distances. A running club reached out to me here in New York and I began to run the NYRR points races. I even scored for the team on different occasions. Training and racing eventually led me to travel to Kenya to learn about the culture of the best distances runners in the world. What turned out to be a short journey turned into one of long term development. Just how far and fast can I go?
Running has taught me to never give up in a race. I’m not going to set a personal best each race. However, I can usually find something positive about a race even if I didn’t run up to my expectations. During the Boston Marathon I wanted to drop out, but I still finished under 3 hours while passing faster runners. Just recently I crossed the finish line of a 5k a little disappointed, only to find I ran the first mile under 5:00 mile pace. In these scenarios, I see my potential of what I can do in a few years if I keep working at it.
At 31, I’m in preparation to run the Stockholm Marathon in June. My priority is to run a personal best that reflects my fitness. I have set this goal at 2:36:00. My training has been consistent without injury, so I’m able to continue building on top of my fitness from previous years. I might not have set any recent bests in races, but I’m perfectly content because this is the sacrifice I’m making to run well in June. Most importantly, I trust how I’m progressing with my training. My workouts haven’t been extremely fast, but I’ve been executing them at the correct pace. I hope to peak at the correct time.
The marathon is a different beast. It’s not the same pain you feel like in the mile or the 5k. As I continue training my body and mind I’m focused on embracing the pain, especially past 20 miles. When I run fast, long or slow, I try to think of something to improve. When I’m not running, I’m focusing on improving my whole body so I can run fast and look smooth doing it. I’m still working on it, but I’m proud of this progress. I hope to inspire everyone reading this post to reach their potential by working consistently.