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Thursday, December 18, 2008
Dear Anonymous Commenter,
I realize this is a little awkward, since we don't know each other... but, I wanted to take a moment and officially thank you.
When you first started doing McMillan Calculations for my race times, I was grateful, but also a little cynical. Hmph. I thought. There is NO WAY I can run a 4:16 marathon. And then... a 4:09 marathon??? ARE YOU CRAZY? But then yesterday, when I got your comment about my new 5k PR time estimating a 3:59 marathon time... I fell in love with you.
I mean, hot damn! 3:59:10. That is just sick and twisted and perverted and downright insane and I immediately went to McMillan to check it out for myself. I mean, sure... I believed you, but I had to see it for my own eyes. I generally try to avoid the McMillan calculations... it's almost like porn for me. I look at all the times and see what I COULD be doing and it just makes me realize that I'm NOT doing it right now... and I feel dirty and shameful and go take a cold shower and vow never to return again.
But yesterday... I looked and I realized the reason I'm not running at those speeds, is because I've never really tried. I realize that McMillan isn't Nostradamus and just because these calculations suggest that I could (with the right training) possibly run a 3:59 marathon right now, it's not guaranteed. Every runner is different. But... it has lit a fire under my ass.
Thanks to you and your optimism and belief in me (even though you don't know me and don't know how my love of nachos and my record of underachieving in life will likely derail my ambitions), I've decided to go for it. I'm going to use the pacing from McMillan to train for the first phase of my marathon training and to test it out... I'm going to shoot for a sub 2:00 Half Marathon in February (and if I don't make it then... there's always the other Half Marathon in March or I could just fail... which, I'm used to and can handle).
The paces look totally doable... just out of my comfort zone, a little. It's time for me to get serious and aim high. If it doesn't work out or I feel like I'm pushing myself beyond my limits, then I'll scale back and go back to my regular training and plodding. But, I'm very, very excited about this possibility.
So, thank you, Anonymous Commenter... thank you for reminding me of McMillan and for doing all those calculations for me (cause I was too scared and lazy to).
We'll see what happens...