2014 Boston Marathon, I’d like a chance…

First, about my run yesterday.  There are always “firsts” in running.  Yesterday I had one of my own…  I stopped my run short.  Not because of injury, but because of lightening.  It was a good run and to be my long run, but 8 miles into it the thunder started.  I can live with thunder. I can live with rain. But when the lightening starts, I’m heading home.  I have a great app called weatherbug.  It has been out for a long time, but they just added a feature that tells you how close you are to lightening strikes.  I looked at my app after the storm started and it basically said, “Take cover ASAP”.  So I texted TJ and asked him to come get me since I was a bit far from home.  Needless to say, I only got in 8 miles, but since I was 2 miles over for the week, I did get to 40 miles which was my goal.

Now on to Boston.

I checked into registration and found out that it starts and ends in September.  So, if we wait until December to run our marathon, we wouldn’t have a chance to get into the Boston Marathon until 2015.  If I try and can’t qualify until 2015, that is fine, but I would like a chance for 2014.  So I did some research and found a marathon that is run the beginning of September and has one of the highest qualification percentages for Boston in the country.  It also has a net -240 elevation drop for the race.  Here is the link… http://www.marathonguide.com/races/racedetails.cfm?MIDD=3015120909

So, if we are ready, we could actually run a marathon in September that would qualify us for Boston in 2014.  We will see how it goes.  At least there is an option.

Another tidbit I found out is that to run the Boston Marathon at my age, I would have to run a qualifying marathon in 3:30.  I think that is possible.  Then I found out that in order to get the faster racers in the race, they start registration with people who finish at least 20 faster than the qualifying times.  Then they go to 10 minutes faster and then if there are any spots open, they let the rest fill up the open spots.  That is a lot to think about.  I wish they looked at people with the most weight loss and the most enthusiasm.  Maybe they will next year. 🙂

So I have a long way to go.  The most important thing is to not look past today.  I am going to train and run my plan and do my best.  If I make it to Boston or don’t make it, I know I have come a long way.

I can be content with that.

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