I just got this e-mail from a running buddy from my running group. He almost brought me to tears (marathon blues perhaps?):
Hey Penny, I realized last night that I forgot to mention about your 5 hour marathon idea for next year. Do you remember back to this time last year? Think about what your thoughts were about whether or not you felt you should run a half marathon in the spring. Think about how you felt about running a marathon. If you’re anything like me you probably thought…I don’t know if I can do that!
But now you are a marathon FINISHER and you ran a 5:37. So you’re thinking…I wonder if I could run a 5:00 marathon? Well, if the last year has taught you anything, it should be: *anything* is possible! It might seem intimidating to try to drop your PR by 37 minutes, but is it more intimidating than running a marathon to begin with? Teri dropped her PR by 25 minutes twice, so her 3rd marathon was 50! minutes faster than her 1st. This year I dropped my PR from last year by nearly 32 minutes.
So if you ask me, you 100% can run a 5 hour marathon!!!!! Will it take work? Yes. Will it be easy? Nope. But can you do it? Absolutely!