In less than a week, tens of thousands of runners will be lining up to run the 121st Boston marathon. Boston is unique as the world’s oldest marathon and also as one of the most prestigious races, due to it’s prize structure which attracted runners and led to qualifying times for guaranteed entry, as well as it’s status as one of the World Major Marathons.
I admit, when I finally decided to train for a full marathon, Boston was on my mind. I missed qualifying by four minutes in my first marathon, but qualifying times were also easier then.
My first BQ at the Houston Marathon
I qualified at my second marathon in Houston and ran Boston two years ago.
Boston- My brightest marathon outfit to date!
I thought maybe I was done with marathons, but got roped into running another last fall and qualified again at Steamtown, which makes me eligible to race next April 2018.
I keep saying I’m going to pull back and focus on the half distance, yet the marathon is oddly addicting and continues to tug at me. Right now I’m leaning toward a fall marathon and will likely enter the lottery for my second Boston next spring. How can you not want to repeat that experience?
This year, the weather looks perfect and I’m beyond excited to watch it live on Monday (from home) and cheer on my many friends (real and virtual!) as they run their hearts out through Boston!
Are you cheering for any Boston runners this year?
Is Boston on your bucket list?