I was once asked the question: does one get slower as one ages? Not sure what prompted the person to ask. Maybe it was the shorts I was wearing? Certainly not my good look.
Claiming no authority on this subject, I do know it has been the case for me. I qualified for the Boston Marathon in 2007 and ran it in 2008. Have not been able to come close to my qualifying time of 3 hour 30 minute since.
Although getting older each year, I am not convinced that is what’s holding me back. Rather, I would like to think it has more to do with my getting focused away from running. You see when I was trying to qualify for the Boston Marathon, I had a single focus on running faster.
That was the purpose which motivated me. Day in and day out. That same purpose or intensity is no longer there (although I trained pretty hard and put in more miles for the Wineglass Marathon this year).
Could I qualify again? I would like to believe that Yes I can. I know what it takes. The challenge is if I can commit to making it my top priority and train accordingly.
Until then, why am I running? what is my running goal?
The answer is that I run marathon to stay in shape. There is no short cut to running a marathon. There is no wishful thinking. And there is no substitute for the 26.2 miles, no matter how much I wish.