I qualified for Boston in London by 1 minute and 52 seconds. But, as you all probably know, when you qualify, you only qualify to apply, not to actually register. Then they fill up the entries with the fastest times and last year that meant that the people who qualified by 2.5 minutes didn’t get an entry.
Well, this past year in Boston was a hot one. Many runners didn’t do as well as they had hoped, so from what I understand, this has affected the number of people who have qualified. And a friend of mine, Jason, left a link to this blog written by someone who has been doing lots of research about how many people have qualified over the last year and how that will affect the cutoff. So far, he predicts that the cutoff time will be zero. It’s hard to believe, but with all the numbers he posts, it seems like he knows exactly what he is talking about.
So, B and I were having a talk about the possibility of going to Boston while we were in Newport Beach for a quick getaway a couple weeks ago and as we looked at our calendars we realized that Boston is the day after Easter! That means that if I actually gain an entry, I’d be in Boston on Easter. (And why can’t Easter just choose a specific day and stick with it?? It jumps around too much. And who is the person that decides when Easter will be?)
After me saying, “I cannot believe that!”
B said, “Well, if you get in, looks like the 6 of us are going to Boston.”
I guess so.
(It is an option to just not do the race, but Easter in Boston would be a fun experience for the kids, right? And experiencing the Boston Marathon would be a lifelong memory for them right? I’m just justifying dragging my family across the country for a marathon- don’t mind me.)