IM Louiville

IM Louiville
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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

15774

15774

That would be my bib number for the Boston Marathon. Yesterday, I received a packet of information from the Boston Athletic Association. That packet included my "pick up" card with all the information printed on when and where to pick up my race bib. On this card, they print your name, citizenship, birthdate and qualifying time (pretty cool to see it in writing!). It seems there are two start waves for the marathon. The first wave, with blue bibs, start at 10:00am. The second wave, red bibs with numbers 11,000 and up, starts at 10:30am. I would be in the 10:30am wave...the wave for the slower runners.

I wanted to clarify something from a comment that was received. Just because I'm considering the Boston Marathon to be a "B" race for me does not mean I am nonchalant about qualifying! Nothing could be further from the truth!! I don't think my point came across properly via the blog.

See, QUALIFYING for Boston was the goal. That would mean the Tucson marathon was one of my "A" races and I trained my heart out for it. Those of you that helped me through that training know how hard I worked. But the goal never included actually running fast at the Boston Marathon. It's just something I gotta do now that I qualified. Does that make sense?

I'm still a little shocked that I made it, and lots of other people I run with are shocked, too! (I can tell by their reactions when I tell them about it). But now it's like all the hard work to "get in" is done, and it's just time to kick back and run the Boston Marathon just so I can say I did it! I'm not stressed about it nor training as hard for it as I probably should be, but I know it will be a good time. I just want to cover the distance and take in the scenery, since I may never be able to go back and do Boston again.

I'm still not feeling 100% healthy, but I should be fine well before the marathon. They say taper time is just about the time people start getting sick, and well, I guess I'm proving that little theory right now! I'm looking forward to "only" a 12 mile run this weekend. It's like I won't know what to do with the rest of my Saturday!

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

regardless of how i feel or what i say i still hope you have a good injury free run at boston

Triteacher said...

Wow! I would say that's an achievement. I have yet to BQ. Congratulations! I have always imagined that were I to qualify, I would run Boston as a soak-it-all-up kind of race. Getting there is the hard part!

Diane said...

If someone is going to pick on the fact you called Boston your B race then they are probably just ticked off because they didnt qualify for Boston. So to them I say Whateverz!!!

RunBubbaRun said...

I think Boston is all about finishing and coming home about bringing home the jacket from there. Wearing it around Chi-town.

The hard part is over, congrats again on Boston, maybe one day I can catch up to you..

Griz said...

You inspire alot of people with all your great accomplishments, good luck and have fun.

robtherunner said...

I hope to experience Boston someday as well. I have qualified, but yet been able to make the trip. Enjoy it and take it all in. Enjoy your Saturday.