I guess it is kind of obvious by the title of my blog that my ultimate goal is to qualify for the Boston Marathon and actually get accepted to run it. I was looking at an article on http://www.baa.org/ which announced the 2012 Boston Marathon Qualifier Acceptances. I was interested in the stats and the qualified times that were accepted for 2012 and here's what I found:
After reading this, it really woke me up and made me realize that a BQ is simply not good enough! I need to exceed the qualifying time in my age group in order to even be considered! Only those who had a qualifying performance of one minute and 14 seconds or better in their age group made the cut! WOW! I guess there are lots of disappointed people who did not get accepted this time around.
What did I get out of reading this article? Well, I now know that I have lots of
work hardcore training to do and must rethink my whole plan on how to get to Boston in my lifetime! The BAA has raised the bar on the qualifying times for 2013 by five minutes which is going to make it tougher than ever. I guess the only positive on my side is that I am kind of on the older side so I get a little more time than most of you!!
I know that many of us have our eyes set on Boston for 2013 or sometime in the near future. So tell me...
1. What is your plan for getting your BQ or should I say beating your qualifying time?
2. What do you think is a safe time cushion needed to get accepted to run the much coveted Boston Marathon?
3. If you have already ran the Boston Marathon, how close was your actual BQ time to the actual qualifying time required in your age group?