Dreaming Olympic Big
Growing up we all have dreams don’t we? I mean I wanted to be a lawyer, I wanted to get married, and I wanted to have a family. I may no longer see myself going down the lawyer path, but the other two I still want. Those aren’t really dreams…I mean they are but those are most likely to happen than not. I may joke around and act silly about how I’m not going to get married and I’m going to be a pug lady but I don’t think I’ll actually be that pug lady…I mean well maybe but I see marriage and kids in there too. But shouldn’t we have a reach dream? One that you have to really push for, push like you never thought you would..or even could?
Well I think so, and this is mine: Rio 2016. I just got a text from my dad today telling me that he spoke with someone from the PR Olympic Committee and that I am eligible to compete for Puerto Rico if I qualify and fill out the necessary paperwork. I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately and talking to people about it too. One conversation was last night with my friend Meghan.
I told her that if I was eligible the next 4 years I’d live and breathe running. She questioned whether that was something I really wanted to do; to put my social life essentially on hold to work and just train (after graduating) to run in the Olympics.
My answer without a doubt was yes, for a few reasons.
- I’ll be 25 when it’s all said and done, so I don’t think I’ll miss out on finding the “one.” Plus, imagine that making its way into conversation,”
“So tell me something interesting about you.”
“Well, I ran in the marathon at the Olympics for Puerto Rico…”
I mean, come on talented and Latina?! Come att meee, hahaa.
- It’s the Olympics! Who wouldn’t want to say they not only went but competed there?! I know I do!
- It’s in Brazil. It’d be pretty neat to leave the country again! Travelling is something I’ve always wanted to do, and I’ve never been to Brazil, so it’s settled I’d enjoy that!
- Probably the biggest reason behind my wanting to do this is because I want to see if I can. I look back at my running career and I think about how going into college I saw myself with so much potential and achieving far more than what I actually did. I mean, let’s be honest, this is absolutely crazy talk considering the standard I have to hit…I’ll get into that later but I won’t look back and say what if I did try? I may not look back and think about how I didn’t do all that I wanted with running. I can live with training my ass off for 4 years and saying I didn’t make it.
- It’s the Olympics! Did I already say that one?…
Well, now that I’ve established that I’m going to try, let’s get into what I’m really getting myself into and how crazy I really am
My coach emailed me telling me that I have to get at least the “B” standard since they already have 2 athletes competing. It’s easier than the Olympic “A” standard, not by much… in my opinion but I’ll take what I can get!
“The easiest mark is the marathon (2:43:00 B standard)” Easiest being my favorite part of that sentence.
The “B” standard is 2:43:00. 2 hours and 43 minutes for 26.2 miles. That’s about 6:13/mile!
My fastest 5k time (3.1 miles) is 18:13 which is about 5:52/mile.
My fastest 10k (6.2) is 40:06 which is about 6:27/mile.
So look at my best in those two events and then look at what I have to hit again….yeahhhhh!
On top of getting that time, I may have to race against other women to make the team…not as likely but it is always a possibility.
Ok, OK, so you might be reading this and thinking good joke Evelyn there’s no way you can do that and my response to you is you may be right…I may not even come close to breaking 3 hours for all I know but I’m at least going to try. I have 4 years!! 4 years. I’m sure crazier things have happened in 4 years, so why not this too? Who knows I may find out I’m some sick marathon runner or maybe I’ll find out I’m the worst, but I least I’ll find out. What do I really have to lose anyway?
(I can’t really think of anything but feel free to fill me in on some if you can think of them because I’m so focused on trying all I see are positives!)
The way I see it is there’s way more for me to gain.
- I’ll be in awesome shape
- I can’t say I didn’t try
- It will definitely be a great experience
- I won’t be afraid to dream big!
So here we are. I put it out there so let the adventure begin.
Rio 2016 watch out I’m coming for you.