When 2016 rolled around, I did not make any goals. I can’t *BOOM* be motivated to make goals just because the calendar tells me I should. I am completely okay with going months and months without having any particular fitness goal. Making a goal just to have one doesn’t fly with me. I need to feel like I WANT to achieve something because whatever I set out to do is probably going to take time, commitment and sacrifice. I’m only willing to do that if it’s something I really WANT.
Well guys, I really want something.
I want to run Boston again. Soon.
Running Boston again was definitely one of my goals, but watching all the coverage on Monday reminded me how SPECTACULAR the race is and I decided I want to run it sooner rather than later. This is a lofty goal. I pretty much have to be in the best shape of my life to qualify for Boston. I wish I could tell you I’m one of those people who can just roll out of bed and BQ, but I am not.
The first time I qualified, the standards were a bit lower (<3:40), and I made it in with a time of 3:38. The second time I qualified, they had lowered the standards to <3:35, but I made it in with a 3:28. That was in the fall of 2012. I’m three years older now! But I’m okay with that. I know lots of people who PR throughout their 30s. I still believe it’s possible I could PR in the marathon distance. Because you know me, it’s not going to be enough for me to simply run a 3:35. I want to run <3:28!
The funny thing is, I’m approaching a new age group! If I run a race between now and when registration for Boston 2017 starts (mid Sept), I'd have to run a <3:35 to qualify for 2017. If I run a race after September and run a <3:40, it would qualify me for Boston 2018 (since I would be 35 on race day).
Is that too many numbers/dates/math for you? I am not a numbers girl at all, but I did check with the appropriate sources (a fellow blogger’s husband hahaha!) so I think I have my facts straight. Feel free to correct me if you think I’m wrong!
I know this is a big goal… not only BQ’ing but PR’ing. Even if I don’t reach it, I am proud of my marathon PR. And I got to run Boston twice, which I am very, very thankful for. They were great experiences, and if those were my two special days, then I cannot complain about that. But I want to do it again, so I’m going to try!
It took a lot of guts to just post this! I think I made a decision as to what race/races to run to attempt a BQ, but I am not quite ready to put it OUT THERE yet. But it is in my brain. It is ruminating. It has been discussed. Soon I will discuss it with you!
Have you run Boston?Is running Boston a short term or long term goal of yours?