The last time I ran the Marine Corps Marathon, I qualified for the Boston Marathon.
Or I would have, if I’d been 70 year old. Yep, I just need to hold my current marathon pace for 25 more years and I’m in. Boston has not really ever been a goal for me, but our Tuesdays on the Run topic is the Boston Marathon, so here are my thoughts on it.
I first heard of the Boston Marathon from a friend who has qualified and ran many times (17, I think). While I’m in awe of those who qualify, it’s definitely not one of my goals. I doubt I could ever be fast enough, but more importantly, I don’t have any interest in working that hard (and I’m not interested in running as a charity runner.)
In fact, I’m going to be honest and admit that I don’t have any marathon goals. I don’t have any desire to run the world majors. I don’t really care if I never PR again. I don’t even plan to train any differently for MCM this year than I did last year (which is to say that I rely heavily on my base and my mental strength, rather than multiple 20 mile runs in the Virginia summer.) I run Marine Corps Marathon because it gives me all the feels, not because I plan to PR or even run that hard. (OK, I might also do it for the hot marines…)
But those of you who qualify? YOU are amazing. And I love to watch the race (and maybe someday I’ll go up and spectate.) I can’t wait to read all the race reports next week and follow along with all my MRTT friends who are running.
Do you have Boston dreams? If so, when is your goal race for qualifying? If you’ve already qualified, will you try to do it again?