January 24, 2013

29 Minutes to a BQ

For most runners, qualifying for the Boston Marathon is the culmination of hard training and mental toughness, turning a dream into reality.  As a child, we lived less than a mile from part of the course and I remember vividly handing out orange slices and cheering on the runners.  Mind you this was back in the old days, when no qualification was necessary, but the guts and fortitude to challenge "heartbreak hill" and other difficult aspects of the race course. This race means many things to runners, but those that run Boston know they have joined a special group.  This year is no exception as the elite field has been announced here.

During the WDW Marathon Meetup, we had the pleasure of meeting Desiree Davila, who in 2011, placed second in the Boston Marathon with a time of 2:22.38.  This was a course record for an American female!

With Desiree Davila at the WDW Marathon MeetUp


After finishing my Goofy Challenge races, specifically the Mickey Marathon, it was a shock to find out that my time put me 29 minutes off the required time to qualify for Boston. Obviously this is ALOT of time. But considering I ran a half the day before it got me thinking.   Do I run another marathon with a goal this time?  At the moment, I have quite a full race calendar with a half marathon every month until May. Most of all, do I really want to put my body through the training required to run another marathon? Being a competitive person, this is tempting, but at the moment, the idea is just brewing in the back of my head. 
(Pam)



12 comments:

  1. Only you can make that choice, but I think you can do it!!! :D

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    1. Thanks Krissy....it would be interesting to see what my time could be if I did just a marathon and not include a half the day prior!

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  2. If you choose to BQ Ihave no doubt you can train and reach your goals!

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    1. Thanks Kat....I was thrilled with my marathon finish, and will always treasure that first and perhaps only one.

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  3. Knowing you Pam....absolutely you can do it! :c) So very inspiring...truly....
    DREAM BIG!!!

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    1. Thanks so much. It is fun thinking/dreaming about goals, but I need to be realistic about what I really would like to do.

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  4. Setting your sights on Goofy was no small challenge. It is just a matter of what your goals are for your running future!

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    1. Lisa, you are correct. Goofy was a massive challenge since it included a first marathon. I really lost my mind signing up for that, but am SO happy I completed the race. It was a blast and who knows, maybe in 2015 I will have to try again for the anniversary Goofy medal. runDisney will surely make it special.

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  5. Yay for meeting Desi! 29 minutes is well within reach, especially coming off of a half. Boston is yours if you want it! : )

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  6. Boston is on my bucket race list. (I'm far from qualifying!)

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  7. SO fun meeting Des! I say do it, I have run Boston twice and it is the greatest running experience. 29 minutes isn't much with the right training and not running after a half marathon :)I knocked 13 minutes off my PR to BQ.

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  8. Wow Pam...qualifying for Boston would be amazing! I think it's definitely in your reach maybe with a little speed work and assuming your next marathon isn't in 80 degrees and 100% humidity and you don't run a half the day before!

    I say go for it! You wouldn't want to regret not giving it a shot!

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