|This picture reminds me its time to for a shave and a hair cut|
NU Hartford Marathon is a local marathon less than an hour away from my home, it is the marathon that I cut running chops on and helped to define me as a runner.
|My 1st Marathon|
What separates this marathon from the others is the significance I've placed on it, I selected NU Hartford as my first attempt to BQ, for those that have followed along on this journey with me I appreciate you more than you will know and for those who just tuned in to this post I set out to BQ in the summer when I quit Butter Pecan Ice Cream. Huh, what does quitting ice have to do with running a marathon and qualifying for Boston? Nothing really. Preparing for Boston takes a little more than giving up Hagaan Dazs-wait that's an understatement it takes significantly more to BQ. Quiting ice cream was the spring board I used to jump on the road to Boston.
When I think about qualifying for Boston what immediately runs to the forefront of my brain is hard work, dedication commitment consistency and sacrifice to which I'm no stranger-so this shouldn't be too difficult at least that's what I tell myself in order to stay the course.
With less than 5 days till NU Hartford I wanted to take a look at the blocks that I had put in place in effort to BQ. I didn't have far to look, a few clicks through my blog, a scroll through pics on my IPhone, Garmin Connect and I was able to build a retaining wall and foundation to keep doubt at bay and give me the confidence needed to face the challenge.
|There's a mental component to running|
So what are the BQ blocks, how many are there and what do you use to cement them together?
12 BQ Building
- Hill Repeats
- Track Work
- Strength Training
- Mental Game
- Weight Training
- Celebrate Mile Stones
- Don't Take Yourself Too Serious
- Start a Blog or journal
Dedication commitment consistency and sacrifice mixed with sweat makes up the mortar that's used hold the BQ Blocks together-I'll elaborate in a future blog after NU Hartford on Saturday.
This is just a peek behind the screen as I punch the letters on the keyboard in an effort to capture my thoughts and share them with you during the days leading up to my BQ Marathon.
|Red skin potatoes and green beans |
I will be hydrating cargo-loading and taking it easy the remainder of the week packet pick up and Expo Friday and race day is Saturday.