|Why. So. Serious?|
I recently had an Anonymous comment on one of my blog posts and while I don't really like Anonymous comments there isn't much I can do about it since I know some people don't have gmail/google logins therefore they need the ability to just type in a name when commenting. And then that opens the door for Anonymous folks.
It has never been my experience that when someone posts as Anonymous that its ever anything really nice to say. And I completely understand that not everyone has to say something nice; there is cause for opinion, disagreement etc. I totally get that. I am guilty of doing it myself a time or two back in the day ;o)
Here is what Anonymous wrote (partial): "Good luck for Chicago but I don't think are gonna make your goal of 4:30 in Chicago. You might try but I have serious doubts and so should you."
Lets start off with the obvious here: I don't know that I ever said my goal was 4:30, although I see where one would make that assumption given my Yasso 800's. I don't know, maybe somewhere along the way I did. Of course, I would love to do sub 4:30, 4:29:59 thank you would do nicely. Actually 4:19:xx would be better, but I have already stated on several occasions that I am nowhere near the shape I was a year ago when that would have been possible, nor have I trained like I have in previous years.
Next lets tackle the "serious doubts" portion of the above sentence:
I don't have serious concerns or doubts about a goal time for a marathon. Or for a half marathon. Or a 5K. If I was an elite runner, or someone whose family's well being and survival was contingent on how fast I ran a marathon in, then I might have serious concerns. I am running a marathon with 45,000 other people to which I might finish in the top 50% if I am lucky and the weather is great (i.e. cold)
What I do have serious concerns and doubts about are: Is my mom with my dad in heaven and are they happy? or... how I am going to make it through the holidays now that my mom has passed away.... or... the fact that my family doesn't seem to be 'put together' anymore...
Those are just a couple of my serious concerns. Not all, but a couple...
Then Anonymous continued with: "You are just not training enough for that kind of time."
Well now you might have part of this right and I vaguely remember saying this very thing a week or so ago in my blog and most recently as earlier this week in an email to another runner who asked what my 'goal' was.
I know and have admitted that I have opted for additional cross training this go round, and I did so for a few reasons...One being that I truly just love the hot yoga and it actually made me stronger. I also did not want to train much on the treadmill and the outside running/training this Summer was just a heartbreaker and so I improvised and did what I had to do to make it work.
I also knew that this wasn't the only marathon I had coming up and I didnt want to burn myself out like I did last year for Chicago training and then balked on the additional marathons afterwards because I was just freaking tired of running all the time.
I have every intention of going through with Dallas and Houston, and (starting last week), and going forward it will be strictly running to do my best at each. So I made the decision to do what I thought was best for me for Chicago and that meant what it meant.
Lastly I don't know how you come up with that presumption, but training is training and doesn't always have to come in the form of running. I am pretty confident that I am fully capable of 4:30 given the conditions that are ideal to me and for me.
If they arent then I will adjust my race day plan, go easy and save it for Dallas White Rock. And if White Rock sucks, then I will go easy there and save it for Houston...
My point is that really there hasn't ever been a 'goal' for Chicago. Its always has been about me honoring my mom who passed away in March.
The people at work paid my entry fee on behalf of her passing and that is what has kept me going all Summer long when I wanted to quit, because my momma didn't raise no quitter.
Lastly Anonymous wrote: "But, I hope you seriously make 4:30 in Chicago..."