(This is what I will look like when I eventually run the big race.)
So the big news in that marathon world today... the qualifying times for Boston have changed. In a way that is not good for people who are 30 seconds shy of qualifying already (3:41:35... see my recap of the Pittsburgh marathon). I'm a little hazy on what the actual implications are... but it sounds like in 2013, the new qualifying for me will be 3:35 instead of 3:40. And in the meantime, they will register runners in order of fastest qualifying times. So even if I ran a 3:38 in the next year, there's a chance it would still fill up before it got to me.
Well, who knows what will happen. Since I'm currently running 13 min/miles I have a long way to go. Running for two is slow. My current plan is still to give it another try--I'll run something in the Fall (Chicago? Marine Corps? NYC?) and likely not qualify since I didn't qualify last time I had just given birth (4:06:58... see my recap of Marine Corps). Then I'll run something in the Spring (Poconos? Houston? OKC?) and hopefully qualify. And then I may give up. That certainly is easier.
I feel like pushing a double stroller full of children is going to help me run a little faster? And I know there are things I can do to help myself be faster (stop eating like a crazy person, stretch, cross train...) and I feel like I owe to myself to try once more, even though it's going to be a little harder.
***And for the record, I think it is probably a good idea that they are making the qualifying times a little faster... last year the race sold out in 8 hours! Marathons are becoming more and more popular and people are getting faster and faster... so I guess it's fair. But that doesn't mean I like it.
Wish me luck.