George and I have this "running" joke: I tell him that he'll be the one to qualify this year for the Boston Marathon; he tells me I'll be the one.
Of course, if it would only be one of us, then I know it would be George. He has the knowledge and experience of what it takes to qualify for and run the greatest marathon in the world. He's done it six times!
I've run a total of two marathons. I ran my best in the Philadelphia Marathon in 2010 at age 47 and now, six years later, I will have to beat my marathon PR by more than 16 minutes to reach my Boston Marathon qualifying time of 3:30:00. I will even have to run a few minutes faster than 3:30:00 to go beyond qualifying and earn the opportunity to actually run in the Boston Marathon.
Funny thing is that I believe George will qualify this year, therefore, I believe I will qualify. George is the perfect training partner for this challenge because through him I can envision what it will take for me to qualify. We're studying, planning, tweaking our training, and holding each other accountable to get out there and keep going. I'm having my best winter training ever, averaging weekly miles now in the mid-to-high twenties and targeting the training toward the rigors of the marathon. Put the planning and the training together with the vision and I know we'll both make it. That belief is most important of all. Trust the process.