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.
But for today I will follow the race online and cheer everyone on from my cube at work 🙂 Best of luck to Aron, Keri, and Dorothy who are all running Boston today. You ladies will do great!
And…go Kara go…I really, really hope you win the women’s race!!
Here are some pictures from last year’s race.
I can’t imagine ever being fast enough for 26.2 miles to qualify for Boston (unless I can find some sort of all downhill marathon course….) but if I ever went, I think it would be more exciting than basically anything ever. 🙂
I’m hooked too! I am having fun following all the Boston peeps on blogs and twitter and will be glued to my computer all morning watching it. I have to say, I’m also a little jealous and mad that I won’t “for sure” be there next year, even though I technically qualified, because of the whole new registration process. I need to shave off 10 minutes at Grandma’s so I have a better chance of actually getting in!
I HATE the new registration process. It’s totally unfair. Even if I were to qualify in 2 weeks (a long shot), I would be one of the last to register.
I will be watching too! I hope that I will be able to qualify someday 🙂
I am totally pumped for Boston as well! I have a few friends running and I am signed up for the text alerts so I can see how they are doing. GO BOSTON RUNNERS =)
That would be the most amazing feeling at mile 26 ever. You can do it! I was supposed to be at the Boston marathon today cheering my friend on but it didn’t work out. Your pictures make me so sad I’m not there!
Running Girl says
I’m hooked on the marathon & have been tracking it on the computer this morning. Bummed that Kara didn’t win! 🙁
It. Was. Awesome. So cool just to even WATCH this race. I qualified for it one year but didn’t run it… AND NOW THEY’RE LOWERING THE BQ time! Yikes… shoulda done it when I had the chance!
I just blogged about Boston and marathon fever. It’s crazy how inspiring this race is. Also, I am so inspired by YOU! I can’t believe you are gearing up for marathon #8. So amazing!!! You WILL qualify one day, I’m sure of it!