I ran my second marathon, the Carlsbad Marathon, at age 42 in 2014. My primary goal was to qualify for the Boston Marathon. To do so I needed to run 3:15 or less. My secondary goal was to run a 3:00 marathon. I figured if I shot for 3:00 and failed, I'd qualify for Boston. I ran it in 3:06 or 7:06 mile.
The Boston Marathon accepts registrations on a rolling basis, based on qualifying times. I was allowed to register on Friday, September 12, 2014, as I qualified by more than five minutes. On September 14, 2014, my entry was officially accepted.
I ran a 1:20 half-marathon in January. In my mind, I could have run it a bit faster. Double it, add a few minutes and voila, I decided on 2:45 goal pace or 6:17 a mile. Can I do it? I think so. Will I do it? That depends on the training. Was I crazy. Sure.
But so it begins. On Friday, I was on my way to a run on the coast. As I drove west on the 78, I looked to my left and saw a billboard. "Low fares to BOSTON" was the message. That was my sign, both figuratively and literally that I had made the right choice.
If you are interested in following my training journey to Boston, check it out at http://www.strava.com/athletes/1865679.