Early last week I shared my marathon story leading up to Revel Canyon City. Today I am going to go into more detail of the ups and downs leading to me to my Boston Qualifying time for 2017.
In June 2009 I started running and signed up for my first marathon all the the same time – jump in the deep end and start swimming I guess lol. I went from a 33 minutes 5k to a 1:47:30 half marathon in 6 short months and completed the Disney Marathon in January 2010 in 4:12:00. Although my first marathon was not as enjoyable as planned due to sub freezing temps in Florida and my stomach shutting down to the point of the stomach flu miles 16-26 – I was still proud to call myself a Marathoner and place the 26.2 sticker on my car! #RunnersPride
In June 2010 I started running again after taking a hiatus for 6 months after my first marathon due to overtraining. I joined a running/triathlon club at my college and started doing speedwork and I remember I was getting fast quite quickly and running tons of miles with ease. I remember a 10 mile run twice a week at 8 min/mi pace was like a day in the park. At this point the BQ time for my age group was 3:40 and I figured I could do that and planned to run the Jacksonville Bank Marathon that December as it is a top qualifier in Florida. Things were going smoothly – running all the miles and getting all the speed, however life had other plans. In mid September 2010 I ran a 20 miler with my friend helping him train for his upcoming Marine Corps Marathon and I noticed a twinge in my ankle after. I took a few rest days and braced it as I had a half marathon the next weekend but thought nothing of it. However, after the half I could barely walk and I knew something was wrong. I went the orthopedic and had a stress fracture in my calcaneus (heel). As you can imagine there went Boston and Running for a while.
After the fracture news I basically switched gears to going to the gym for health and starting living out my senior year and enjoying my remaining year in college. After I went to Physician Assistant school which took over my life lol. I continued to run throughout this period – completing a few half marathons, 15K, and 5Ks – but nothing serious and my times had never returned to those pre-fracture days.
When we moved to Arizona I completed the Phoenix Marathon in March 2014 in the “sweating for the wedding” mindset. I was aiming for a sub-4 but ended up 04:04:04 and was still happy as it was a 8 minute PR from 4 years earlier. After the marathon I took another hiatus – the marathon completely wipes me out guys!
In June 2014 after my wedding I started training for the AFC San Diego half in August 2014 and was planning on running the Phoenix Marathon again in March 2015 for a potential PR. In August I ran AFC San Diego in 1:59 and then signed form my winter line up. But after a series of 3 Half Marathons (PR 1:58) and a 10 miler in October and November I had an ITB injury that I knew was not going to let up. I ran the Hot Chocolate 15K on December 5th 2014 and said goodbye to running for a while as my ITB was injured to the point that I could barely walk.
1:26:48 (9:20 min/mi average)
At this point I signed up with KatiesFitScript to learn about Flexible Dieting and Lifting. I figured if I couldn’t run I need to do something and “bodybuilding” seemed to be the new thing – plus my hubby always told me lift weights. Additionally, during my time off I read several running books and performed PT exercises and muscle release techniques to quicken the healing process. During this time I vividly remember being on the phone with my dad looking at my previous PR at the half of 1:47:30 and thinking and telling my dad “wow I will never be that fast again, those days are long gone”.
After about a month off from injury I started working back into running slowly. I kept the mileage low at first stopping if I experienced any pain at all and slowly worked it up. In January 2015 I ran the Phoenix Half Marathon with a friend aiming for a 2:00 hour half. I assumed it as a good goal coming off injury and it was right around my previous fitness level for the past year or so. At mile 11 we split off and I ran the last 2 miles at 7:30-7:45 pace and I was like where did that come from. So I decided I would try and get a 1:50 half at the Phoenix Half Marathon in the end of February 2015. I wanted to run the race with negative splits and I realized when I looked at my watch the last mile I was not only going to break 1:50 but I might PR and I did – 1:47:23. This was the turning point for me – my ah ha moment.
After the Phoenix Half I was determined to try to qualify for Boston. If I had somehow managed to get this fast this quick maybe I had a chance. I emailed Lauren and asked her if it was possible and she said I had a shot and I went for it. We decided on the Utah Valley Marathon and a 16 weeks training plan and the goal being 3:33:00. This was my first time with a fancy plan, speedwork, tempo runs, etc. I was scared everyday. I completed the Utah Valley Marathon in June 2015 in 3:48:39. I did not boston qualify obviously – but I was still so happy with myself. I had run a smart race and got a 16 minute PR from my previous marathon a year prior – that is something to be so proud of.
Let’s make note I do not recover from marathons well. It took me a solid month to get back into speedwork and I was still dragging. At this point Carlee McDot had posted about this new site “FindMyMarathon” and the “Revel Canyon City Marathon” and how it was an amazing BQ. I started thinking about it and finally consulted my friend Chelsey (@FitandFaithfulFC) and Lauren and they decided it would be the perfect race. I was nervous – is 5 months between marathons enough time? I mean usually I only run 1 per year. But they both assured me it would be ok and that I should go for it. Lauren and I decided on a 14 week plan and I started the beginning of August officially training after spending the prior 2 months building my base again and strength training.
So Revel Canyon City crept up quite quickly on November 7th, 2015. I have to say leading up into the race I was scared like crazy. I really wanted it but I also knew that the past few weeks of training had not been on point. I couldn’t complete any of my speed workouts and my paces were way off for my runs. I felt like my body was struggling big time and I ended up injuring my left hip the weekend prior in the Halloween Half. I knew it would need to be the “perfect day” and the “perfect race” in order to achieve my goal. Luckily somehow everything went to plan and I ended up with my Boston Qualifying time plus some 3:24:42!
As you can see my road to boston has not been a straight path. I really only consider my “true road” since March 2014. But as well all know it is the whole journey that makes up your wins!
With Love and Boston Qualifying,
❤ Kindal (RunningWithStrength)