Which for the record, I don’t really think is THAT big a deal, I’m going to be working on my half time for awhile.
Now don’t mistake me here. This isn’t some form of surrender or dashed marathoning hopes, not in the least.
But I will admit, when I heard that the Boston marathon folks had made the qualifying times faster and changed their registration process, I was a little bummed. And yes, I fully understand if you look at my marathon finishing times to date, you might get a chuckle at that fact that I have even the slightest desire to qualify for a Boston one day. But I do and I’m a determined little cuss and with the right focus and training that doesn’t get interrupted by 9 months of not running during complicated pregnancies here and there, I completely believe that one day when the stars align and I’m on a downhill course with all the right weather conditions my minute per mile pace and my age group will collide and VOILA! I will qualify for Boston.
And slowly and steadily as my running has improved, those qualifying times have seemed more and more doable. Tough, yes. But out of reach, not so much. So when I initially got the word that times were changing this morning, yeah…that took the wind out of my sails some.
But really, what are the Boston people supposed to do? It seems we, the running community as a whole, are getting faster and faster. Boston sold out in less than 9 hours last year and had to close the door on a lot of very fast people who qualified for the event. I think it’s a fair move to let the fastest register first and make the qualifying times faster. What else are they going to do? (although after I wrote this I stumbled on this little Amby Burfoot article and maybe BAA would do well to take a listen. He knows way more than little ole me.)
So the new game plan is I’m going to work on bringing down my 1/2 time to the 1:40ish region and then make a real solid push to qualify for Boston after that (as opposed to my old game plan which was…ahhh…none.) And when I do, it’ll be 5 minutes faster than originally planned…and that much sweeter.
Other Boston thoughts anyone? Feel free to vent here if necessary. I won’t mind.
P.S. Listen!! More snow’s coming. I hate to be the bearer of bad news but I saw it on the 10 day forecast. So quickly run over and enter my contest for the No Snow Snuggler. THREE are up for grabs and the odds are looking mighty fine. Your little tyke will thank-you while eating giant snowballs later. They really are EVERY bit as awesome as I described. Swear.