Failure Club – Boston Marathon Qualification.
OK guys…Here it is…
I am going all in.
Just this weekend I wrote a post about running a 1:40:00 Half Marathon this spring. I wrote a bit about going big, setting a huge goal and going after it. That in fact, is a 15 minute PR….
Then, my friend Oliver started to discuss this concept called a “Failure Club”. This is something created by Morgan Spurlock. and Philip Kiracofe. The basic concept is that the best way to really accomplish something, is to set something that seems unattainable, something you will almost surely fail at, and then with the support of a group, and all your will power, go for it with everything you have got.
Thomas Watson of IBM was quoted as saying “Would you like me to give you a formula for… success? It’s quite simple, really. Double your rate of failure. You’re thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all… you can be discouraged by failure / or you can learn from it. So go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because, remember that’s where you’ll find success. On the far side.”
I began to think about the amazing performances in the marathon in the past 12 months. Guys not just going sub 2:10, but a huge number of guys going sub 2:05:00.
This has to be in direct relation to running fearless.
To not listening to people say you cannot run those times.
For so long it was talked about as if the world record in the marathon was out of reach for many of these current runners… Then they all started going after it.
They wanted a record, and they began to post some unbelievable race times. It began to happen.
They said “It is probably not possible, but I am going to run without fear of failing”.
At each race, the commentators would say “there is no way they can keep up this early brutal pace”.. eventually, they did, they kept it up, they started breaking records everywhere they went.
This weekend- before we talked about this “failure club” I committed to running a 1:40:00 half marathon. The race is April 29th. That goal seems to fit the failure club concept… So it is a start.
But…. it is not all THAT unattainable…. It is possible.
This is about going all in though. So a new time would be needed…
I have consistently told people I am not going to “race” another marathon until I am ready to qualify for Boston.
Last night, during #runchat on Twitter…. People WANTED to list Boston as a “Bucket List” Race, but they said things like;
“I will never make it”
“If only I was fast enough”
“Boston, but it is out of my league”
I started getting mad a bit… What do you mean you CAN’T make it… You WILL make it…. I began to encourage others, because the fact is… they CAN qualify if they want it bad enough.
Then this morning, I sat here, I read the statement for our facebook group that Oliver created about the Failure Club.. which would be right here in Rochester… and I got mad at myself.
I was making excuses!!!
By saying I would not race a marathon until I was ready to qualify for Boston, I was essentially saying…
“I am not going to race a marathon.”
I was basically limiting myself so much that I would never really qualify for Boston.
I would also never really try.
I would never “fail” By definition I already was failing.
I was (am) not even trying…..
On the heels of my 1:40:00 post…. Let me just go all in. My chips are in the middle and in a way, I am calling my own bluff. I am going to attempt to qualify for the Boston Marathon at the Rochester Marathon…
September 23rd 2012.
Exactly 8 months from today.
I have 8 months.
I have no excuses
What does this mean? Well, for starters, it means I have to run 3:05 flat to qualify.
7:04 per mile.
This is almost EXACTLY my 5k PR pace… What is another 23.1 miles?
It also means going all out in intervals, tempo runs, and workouts. Core, strength, flexibility.
It means being doubled over on my knees, sucking wind at the end of another 400 meter repeat….
It means, really running.
I am done being satisfied with a “1 minute PR” in a half marathon, saying things like “hey, at least it is a PR… it is time for something bigger. “At least” should no longer be part of my vocabulary.
I often say to myself, “I wonder how great I could have been if I had committed to my running when I was in college”.
Well, screw that mentality.
It is now “I wonder how great I can be WHEN I commit to this plan”
I almost want you to doubt me.
The fact is, I sort of doubt myself. This won’t be easy.. Which is pretty much the point.
I am going to have solid days I am sure. I am going to have days where I want to stop on the side of the road and cry. What I will not have any longer are excuses. I will not have failure as an option. This is going to be about the process. You cannot fail at a process, you can only “fail” if you admit you are at the end.
I am ready to sink everything I have into this… I am ready to work my ass off and possibly not hit the times I am hoping to hit… I am ready to run hard.
I am in essence – ready to fail.
I feel like I have been building up to this for a year now, every now and then hitting a workout that shocked me… Now it is time to stop being shocked, time to start working towards failure
Rochester Marathon Failure Club……
Im about to keep on keepin on while being all in?