I love ultra running. I love pushing my body to the absolute limit and experiencing those moments in a race where you think you have nothing left to give, but you find a way to push through the pain. There have been moments on long runs when I want to stop and question why I’m pushing my body so hard. Despite this, when every finish line comes or a long training run ends I’m always quick to put my body through another painful venture.
Even though I love ultras and searching for new trails, I’ve decided to take a break and turn my focus back to the marathon. The marathon is the pinnacle of road running and it may only be 26.2 miles which isn’t much compared to an ultra, but the marathon is the toughest distance I’ve put my body through. There’s never any question if I’ll finish the race, but perfection is required to run a fast marathon. One small mistake at any point in a race can end your goals very early in the day.
Ever since I started running and knew what the Boston Marathon was I’ve always wanted to qualify. Boston is the highest achievement for an amateur runner and for very good reason. For my age group, the qualifying time is 3:00 hours which equates to running 6:52 min/mile for 26.2 miles. It’s no easy task and it shows because only 12% of people who run a marathon qualify. Just to confirm, that‘s 12% of the 1% of people who ever toe the start line of a marathon.
I’ve decided to fully commit myself to qualifying for Boston. It’s not going to be an easy task, but I can guarantee you that it will happen. It’s not a matter of IF, it’s a matter of WHEN. I know that running a Boston qualifying time is hundreds of long runs, track workouts, and lifts away. Who knows, it may even be thousands of runs away, but I’m not stopping until I reach my goal. You can do anything you want with the right mindset. A lot of people would say a person that couldn’t run a lap two years ago would never be able to qualify for Boston, but not me. Tanner Kern can do ANYTHING with the right mindset and this goes for the rest of the world who have true HUNGER, PASSION, and GRIT to reach their dreams.
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