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  • Writer's pictureDylan Roche

Running Goal: Speed

So I know that yesterday I was talking about some of my running goals, but there’s a major one that I forgot to mention: speed.

I’m not one to worry about speed when I’m running. I’d rather focus on distance. I go out there and get lost in a good audiobook or podcast, and I spend miles and miles just enjoying the time to myself.

But one of my goals is to qualify for the Boston Marathon once races become a thing again.

If I’m going to do that, I need to get my marathon time down to three hours. That shouldn’t be impossible—after all, my PR for a marathon right now is 3:20. That was during the Baltimore Running Festival in 2019, and I wasn’t pushing myself all that hard because I had the Atlantic City Marathon the next day.

For right now, I’m focusing on getting my 15-mile time down to two hours. My most recent time was 2:11, which isn’t terrible…but it could definitely be better.

So to do that, I’m limiting my weekday runs to 12 miles. This way, I can conserve some energy and really exert myself on weekends.

From now on, I want Friday to be 15-mile Friday and Saturday to be 17-mile Saturday. We’ll see how long it takes me to shave those 11 minutes off my 15-mile time.

Wish me luck!

I would like to be able to end this with some sort of inspirational running quote, but those tend to be a little bit cliched. Instead, I'll end it with one of my favorite running quotes that I recently read:

“Run. Because zombies will eat the untrained ones first!”

If that isn't motivation enough, I really don't know what is.

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