Do you think it's reasonable to combine these goals during one year?
1. Dropping about 45 minutes from current marathon ballpark time, to hopefully run a Boston Qualifier in the fall, and
2. Continuing through that same year to run a few other marathons to add to my 50-state quest?
Background: In 2001 (before I started doing triathlons and was just a runner) I ran a 4:21 in late April and a 4:12 in October. The 4:21 inspired me to try for a BQ, which would have been 4:05 at the time. I went out too fast and blew it, walked a few miles, and still made 4:12. This was 5 years ago.
My qualifying time at my age now is 4:15.
Do you think I could do the necessary speedwork AND get in a number of marathons to increase my state tally?