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Feb 17, 2011

New BQ times! - Forgetaboutit

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Ok, it's official, I'll never have a chance to run in the Boston Marathon with these new times.  Oh well, I guess I'll have to choose one of the other 100,000 marathons to run.  All kidding aside.  I would really love to run Boston someday but it's unlikely that I will ever have the speed to run a 3:15 marathon.  Perhaps when I'm 65 or 70 and I still have a little speed left, I might have a chance.  Running a 7:26 mile for 26.2 miles - never going to happen.  I don't disagree with the changes - they want the best to run in it and I think that's only fair.

I'm going to start the new "I can't qualify for Boston Marathon, Marathon" in Boston.  I bet it would be a sellout.

What are your thoughts about the changes - especially those that have run it?

Have a great day and.......Keep Running!!!

17 comments:

  1. haha I would sign up for the "i can't qualify" one. Don't say you can't though, you don't know that for sure. I think you WILL! I understand the changes, but realize why its frustrating for so many people too. It's a sticky issue.

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  2. Hi Jeff! I'm running my first Boston this year and cannot wait... it is a MAJOR milestone for me. I agree with Meg. You may surprise yourself. Since they sold out in a few hours, they had to do something to limit the field. The course can't handle any more runners.

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  3. My initial impression is that it is better than a lottery, but still a tricky issue.

    My recommendation: Houston (owns my PR). Really moving up there and lots of elites! I guess I love my city!

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  4. I understand why they make it tougher to run the Boston Marathon. I think it should be for the very best. I don't have to worry about ever stealing someone's spot and running it! No way I could ever run that fast.

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  5. Haha I'll never run it now either. It was a long shot to begin with, now it's just not going to happen!! :)

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  6. My first thought was the same as yours. I am never getting into Boston now!

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  7. My initial reaction was sadness and frustration. My goal this May is to BQ and with the new registration process my chance is slim to none even if I do qualify. I thought it over and I still intend to shoot for a Boston qualifying time. I may not get in, but I will still know that I did reach the qualifying time required!

    My time changes in 2013 from 3:40 to 3:35. I'd really like to reach the 3:35 mark this year. So I am officially changing my goal. Time to kick it into high gear!

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  8. My thoughts are on my blog today.

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  9. Your race would definitely sell out! :)

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  10. Ef... I was thinking it'd be hard enough to keep an 8:22 pace for 26.2... but 8:12? Of course, I haven't even run my first marathon, so I may hate it so much that I won't care if I BQ or not.

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  11. I think your alternate BM is a great idea! lol

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  12. Yeah I was totally pissed when I found this out! I could MAYBE make 3:40 one day but with the rolling admission it will NEVER make it to me. I am slowly getting over it and going to make a sub 4 hour marathon and move on to another challenge.

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  13. We should totally host an, "I Can't Qualify For Boston" race! I'll bet a ton of people would sign up! I know I would!

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  14. Ha, hilarious! Picture this, instead of blue and gold as theme colors ... you could use gold and blue! Think about it before you say no.

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  15. Not going to happen for me in the near future anyway, so not really a big deal and I can't blame them for the changes.

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  16. According to the Association of Road Racing Statisticians (www.arrs.org) (and they take pride to find everyone) there were 2,804 marathons during 2010.

    Just thought I'd pass along useless trivia.

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