This evening I had a meeting with my "coach" and the training schedule was put together. I may be in decent shape but I don't know how to train for a marathon. I also don't know how to train for a cycling race, I just go out and run or ride and build up the miles until I'm ready physically and mentally. I now have a plan in place to be at my best for the Marathon just under a year from now.
Why the Boston Marathon? I have been a New England boy my whole life, the Boston Marathon is something that I have always been excited for. It has become a recent dream of mine to complete a marathon, why not run the marathon that I have followed my entire life. A lot more goes in to however, Leanne's family has gone to the marathon before Leanne was born. They always go to the Red Sox game and then head towards the finish of the marathon. Last November Leanne's aunt who was the biggest marathon fan passed away, earlier that fall she gave me an iPod to listen to while I run. Now I use that iPod whenever I run and I know that she will be with me when I run the Boston Marathon in 2014.
Why run for Team JDRF? I will never be able to offically qualify to run in the Boston Marathon. By running for Team JDRF I will be able to fund raise for the JDRF and in return I get the chance of a life time. Also I have done a number of events with and for the JDRF and I can't say enough about how great the JDRF is. I have met amazing people thanks to the JDRF and running with a Team JDRF shirt on will be my way of helping everyone that is affected by diabetes.
Running in the Boston Marathon will be a tremendous challenege. I don't know what the year ahead will bring but I do know that I will work my butt off to run the marathon. I also have my eyes on running the New York City Marathon in the fall of 2014 (more on that at a later date) I need a challenge in the athlete part of my life. I believe that this will be on of, if not the toughest challenge of my life as an athlete.