I get a lot of requests to post more personal blogs about my life and my interests outside investing and VTS. To be honest I don’t really know why as I’m certainly not a very exciting person. I work 10 hours a day give or take, every day including weekends, boring boring. But I’ll try to share a little more for those interested.
So for today I will share that I’m an on again / off again amateur runner. I really love running when I get into the groove and find it incredibly relaxing and rewarding. However like a lot of people I sometimes find it difficult to maintain discipline with such a heavy work schedule. But I do hope to change that by making my goals public and transparent. Maybe a few of you are runners as well and can hold my feet to the fire and keep me on track!
Another thing I have working against me is because of my golf career and the importance of weight training, I’m actually a lot more built for power lifting than I am for running. I starting lifting when I was 20 so that’s 22 years of on again / off again lifting. My personal bests for the main 3 power lifts are: Benchpress 305. Deadlift 410. Squat 355. 1070 combo is pretty decent as my natural weight is around 185 most of the time so I don’t exactly have a runners body. But I have a goal!
I want to qualify for the Boston Marathon
For my 40-44 age bracket the qualifying marathon time is 3:15. Now that’s the time required to send an application but most years it fills up quick so on average you have to do about 2-3 minutes better to actually get in.
That means I need a 3:12 marathon to qualify for Boston
I did my first and only marathon several years ago and I ran a 3:32. I’m going to need to do substantially better my second go round if I want to make it. Here’s my running log through 3 months of my planned 13 month training schedule I’ve laid out for myself:
I track it all with my iWatch so everything is super easy. I just have to lace up the shoes and get my butt out there, rain or shine.
Over the next 5 months the main goal is just to get my mileage up. By December I’d like to hit goal #1 where I’m running 2 x 14 km runs and 1 x 21 km run every week. I also need to be doing it around 10% over my “marathon pace” which means I need to get to 196 km’s a month at an average pace of 5:02 to hit my first goal.
Goal #2 is to work the next 5 months on pushing my runs to 2 x 14 km short runs and 1 x 28 km long run every week, and I’d like to be 5% over my marathon pace. So 224 km’s a month at a 4:49 pace.
If I can hit those numbers, the adrenaline of race day combined with the fact that I’ll be pushing myself to the limit, I should be able to make up the last 5% pace and finish the 42 km race at the required 4:35 minutes / km pace.
If anybody has any suggestions for me, sees any flaws in my training schedule, any general tips / pitfalls to watch out for, or any recommendations for nice marathons sometime around June 2019 I’m open to all input and suggestions.
I’ll also try to Tweet a little about my runs and show some pictures of the beautiful seawall path I run here in Vancouver so follow me if you’re interested. (It’s still 95% a VTS business Twitter account)
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