Who has Boston fever?! I do! Today is the 115th Boston Marathon and I’ll be glued to my computer watching it all unfold. This time last year I was a spectator (the race coincided with my RRCA-coaching certification) and it was unbelievable! The whole city goes nuts in celebration. Knowing how excited I was to watch the race last year, I cannot begin to imagine what it’s like to run it.
I’ve been obsessed with the Boston Marathon ever since I started running 10 years ago. Once I found out you had to qualify in order to run it, I was hooked. Then I found out how fast you had to run to qualify and I have to admit, I felt defeated and thought it was an impossibility. But I like to set goals and challenge myself so I made it my “running dream” to qualify and run Boston some day.
To me, qualifying and running the Boston Marathon means you reached the crème de la crème status in running. First you are a marathoner, then a Boston qualifier, and then a Boston Marathoner. You made it.
I think about qualifying for Boston a lot, especially right now with my 8th marathon just 2 weeks away. Right now, as I type this, my heart rate increases just a smidge at the prospect of qualifying. I want to experience that feeling at Mile 26, with 0.2 miles left, when you know you are going to qualify. I think I would burst into tears of joy and hyperventilate.
I want to BQ. I want that coveted Boston jacket. When people ask if I have ever run Boston, I want to say yes. I want to be a Boston Marathoner.
And…go Kara go…I really, really hope you win the women’s race!!
Here are some pictures from last year’s race.