Tomorrow I will be registering for my 4th Boston Marathon. My fingers are crossed that I actually get in to run the Boston Marathon this spring. In 2016 I squeaked out a qualifier for my new Age Group 40-44 as my time was 2 minutes and 40 seconds under my needed qualification time. I ran a 3:42.20 and last year the cut off was 2:28 or faster under your time standard. My fingers are crossed!!!
I was given a gift last year when Stonyfield Organic chose me to be a member of their 2016 Boston Marathon. This was an opportunity that I could not pass up. I had run before in 2013 and 2014. However with two different injuries leading up to 2016 (peroneal tendonitis and a back injury). I had done some racing but had not run a marathon qualifier. Last winter I had decided that I would run the Sugarloaf Marathon in the spring to attempt at qualification again. Ironically a week before I was going to register I got an e-mail from Stonyfield asking me to run Boston with them. Of course I said yes and put my heart and soul into training my a$$ off through the winter months in New Hampshire. My goal was to break 3:30 with my PR being 3:33. I was focused and determined and nailed my workouts all winter long as well as a warm-up to Boston race at The Eastern States 20 Miler. On race day I was ready to knock the race out of the park. I felt mentally stronger than at Boston in 2014 and I knew I was physically prepared.
The Boston Marathon 2016 did not end up being a dream marathon race day. Instead this race was a battle from start to finish. The weather was oddly hot, with the air feeling stifling. The headwind that arrived early on in the race never went away and it was a fight to push through the whole way. Let’s just say it was not the race I wanted to be having and I flipped my watch over early on in the race so I would not have to see my splits (please read my entire race recap). The final 5-6 miles I busted my tail trying to reach for a qualifier time to be able to run 2017. I dug as deep as I could and just ran with everything that I had. Since I was moving up to the 40-44 age group for 2017 I knew that I had an extra five minute qualification buffer. I would need to come in under 3:45 whereas before I needed to come in under 3:40. I was thrilled when I crossed the finish and saw my watch! I was a qualifier for 2017 having run 3:42.20. What a relief.
However now comes the waiting to see if my time will be good enough to get me into run this year. Tomorrow morning I can register starting at 10 a.m. and then I just have to wait and see how many people they accept for this year and where the time cut-off falls. Since 2013 the number of people registering to run the Boston Marathon is so high that even running a qualifying time is no longer a guaranteed entry.
A big reason that I am hoping to be able to run this year is that this is the 50th Anniversary of Kathrine Switzer’s historic run at the Boston Marathon. She will be running the race this year to celebrate this anniversary. Kathrine Switzer has empowered women around the globe to become fearless and to go after their goals. As a 261 Fearless Ambassador I hope to be able to be there to run and celebrate. You can also apply to have an opportunity to run the Boston Marathon by becoming a fundraiser for the 261® Fearless Boston Marathon Team. If you are selected to be a part of this team then you will have an opportunity to start the 121st Boston Marathon with Kathrine Switzer and Team 261 Fearless. To learn more about the Fundraising requirements for the head on over to the new 261® Fearless website.
So here’s to hoping . . . I’ll let you know if I get in!
Have you ever run or qualified for the Boston Marathon. What do you think about the Boston Marathon qualification times?