It’s a significant date: Shakespeare’s probable birthday. St George’s Day. And, of course, the day when I’ll break three hours for the marathon.
I’m nowhere near capable of doing this now. On Saturday I ran Bolton parkrun in 21:00 – Although this was not a flat out effort it is indicative of how fit (or unfit) I am. Other indicators of how difficult this challenge are:
My marathon PB is 3:40 set in Manchester 2015 – this was subsequently found to be a short course!
My half-marathon PB is 1:38:29
MY 10K PB is 41:15
My parkrun best this year is 19:29
So, putting it bluntly, the chance of achieving this is pretty low. That is my first thought, but as I said here, just because your first thought seems natural is not a good enough reason to act as if it is the only way of viewing things.
I’ve been using this blog as a way of demonstrating some ways in which I’ve learned how to become more fulfilled and happier. One of my main motivations for doing this is to promote my belief that through striving to realise our potential we can become more fulfilled. I believe that it is time to practise what I preach with regard to running. I am to become my own experiment: I am to become my own coach and coached.
I think I’ve learned some important lessons over the last few years about how to extract every last drop of willingness out of myself. Outstanding teaching has at its heart the conviction that we can all be so much more than we initially think. It’s time to utilise this belief with regards to running.
Now, I run mainly because of the positive impact that it has on my happiness and wellbeing, and this will continue to be the case. But, I’m intrigued by the simple question of how fast I can become over such a challenging distance. It would be dishonest of me to train for this marathon and then subsequently blog or podcast about how I’m not really bothered about the time I’m aiming for. The truth is that although I recognise the totally arbitrary nature of breaking 3 hours, I am also highly motivated to do so. I want to be honest with my intentions. I don’t want to say to people that I’m not concerned about what time I run when really I am.
So, I’ve made my intention public. My target is verging on the delusional. But, I hope you’ll see that (for me) being transparent about what I want to achieve is a great way (for me) of getting focused, gaining momentum, and remaining committed.
I also hope you’ll see that if I can do this with my own very obvious lack of innate talent, then maybe you can turn your hand to whatever it is that you want to achieve but have, maybe, been putting off.
I’ll be posting a weekly update right here.
To run the Blackpool Marathon on Sunday 23 April 2017 in a time of sub 3 hours.