Marathon running is certainly not something I personally ever thought I would do when I was in my younger years and not something that I’ve done all that much of, but setting a goal and achieving it is certainly a great way to motivate yourself.
Waking up one morning in October I decided it was time to get back into running again. Perhaps it was the fact that I’d hit the 90kg (around 200lb or so) mark and that was always my trigger for getting off my lazy ass and back into shape.
Perhaps it’s because after getting into the 2012 Tokyo Marathon and running my first and fastest time it was the desire to beat that time (4 hours 17 minutes 49 seconds).
I did apply every year after 2012 but never was able to get back in again although I did run a couple of other smaller marathon events in Japan but was never able to beat the first time.
Fast forward to now, I live in New York City so obviously the goal is to now run another famous marathon which just happened a week ago today – the New York City Marathon.
Entry to get into the New York City marathon is just as hard as the Tokyo marathon but there are a few ways in which you can get in. You can either:
- Run for a charity – One such great charity which I may join in 2017 is Team for Kids by NYRR.
- Run 9 give 1 – This is definitely something I will be doing in 2017 to qualify for the 2018 event.
- Enter the sweepstakes – 70 places consisting of one guaranteed, non-complimentary entry.
- Time-Qualifying Standards – For my age bracket that would mean having run a sub 2 hour 53 minute time.
Since I did not run any marathons since 2013 the time qualifying option is out of the question along with the fact that my ultimate goal is to break 3 hours 30 minutes.
To reach this goal what do I need to do? Train! In my next post I will talk about the tools that I hope will help me to reach that goal.