I am a goal driven person. In the recesses of my minds when I started to run, the goal of actual qualifying for the Boston Marathon was rolling around. When I did my first and only marathon in 2007, I did it in 4:23:18 seconds. At the time, I would have had to take an hour and 3 minutes off my time to qualify. Therefore, I did not think it was realistic.
In the meantime, Boston has made qualifying tougher, but I also have gotten older, so the 2013 Qualifying time from my age is 3:25 minutes. So now, I have to take 56 minutes off my time. Although this does not sound realistic, I also weighed 243 pounds when I did the Marathon.
If you were double my half in Austin this past February (which was 1:43:17) I would miss qualifying by 3 minutes. Suddenly the goal seems realistic. I will need to knock off another 12 minutes off my half time in order to give it back the second half. My thought is if I get down to my ideal weight, I should be able to do this.
After cycling season this fall, I will start formalizing my training plans. I do have a plan if I do qualify. My Cousin Eric, his wife Tracy and his boys will have company.