I just recently ran the Austin Marathon and I realized an “inconvenient truth”, and no I am not talking about global warming. I can happily say that I ran my best marathon ever at Austin, and that this feat was achieved weighing in at almost 226 pounds (and with a new marathon course that was far from advantageous). My time was 4:30:49.
Here are the top three finishers within my weight class:
1) Brian Ricketts – 3:52:41 28
2) Andrew Glasspoole – 3:53:04 30
3) Jerry Strickland – 4:27:13 33
So it is safe to assume that I came in the top 10 (of male runners 226 and above). The inconvenient truth is that work equals mass times distance. You cannot get around it. Yes, I do believe it is true that someone can achieve their dreams, however there does need to be some foundation in reality. I am never going to win American Idol, I can’t be a champion horse jockey, and I will never win a wet t-shirt contest. I am not a naturally good singer, I was born tall, and I am a man. However, I can change my weight and if I really have dreams of Boston it is clear that being a Clydesdale is not going to get me there. Even Brian Ricketts’s time, the winner in my weight class, is not close to a Boston qualifying time. I’ve got to lean up or accept this goal as unobtainable.