So today was the day. The day I was so eager to see. It was the BAA's decision day with qualifying cut off time for runners who have met the standards to run in the 2014 Boston Marathon.
I checked my phone so many times today for 'The email.' The one I had the distinct gut feeling would arrive, but secretly had that ray of hope shining through.
It came. At 3:22 this afternoon.
Me: "Marathoners are insane. They must have superhuman powers that the rest of us don't know about. I could never run that far!"
October 2010. Valley Harvest Marathon: I had just finished my 8th, 9th or 10th 1/2 Marathon.....I'm embarrassed that I don't know the exact number here. Feeling = "Meh." Or in other words, 'Unsatisfied.'
Paul and I cheer Matt across the finish line at the Full Marathon. He runs a stellar 3:04:11 smashing his BQ time of 3:10 with ample time to spare. The excitement was beyond words!
Me: "I need to run a Marathon and have THAT feeling!"
I had caught the Marathoning bug.
Matt runs the Boston Marathon that sold out shortly over 8 hours of registration opening and the BAA's website crashed. Boston eventually raised it's standard from 3:40 for women in my age group to 3:35!!! Me: "I'm NEVER gettin' in!"
May 2011: I trained for my first ever full Marathon over the winter months and ran The Fredericton Marathon in May 2011. Finishing time: 3:49:08! Me: "I can't believe I just ran a Marathon!!! I feel awesome! Wait, Marathoners who qualify for Boston are rockstars! How do they do that!?"
May 2012 (3rd Marathon)
The return to Fredericton. I cross the finish line in 3:32:56! Beating my BQ time of 2 min 4 sec! Pure Awesomeness! I AM going to Boston!
From there on in, life revolved around training for Boston.
I arrive in Boston. I run the most spectacular Marathon I ever experienced! A pure running party if there ever was one. Me: "I am sooooo doing this race every single time I qualify!!!!"
Then the bombings.
The determination of runners worldwide, to run Boston, grew deeper and more widespread than ever imagined. They increase the field size. They heighten security. They tediously validate each and every single runner's qualifying time. And then notify the entrants.................
That's how far my 3:33:36 BQ time at the Moncton 2012 Marathon was away from the cut off. The cut off that the BAA had to implement based on the "Field Size Limitations," to quote my email. That's when I broke into a sobbing cry. In my classroom after school. At 3:22 pm today.
I apologize for the dramatics, but I can honestly tell you I was devastated. I could pretend to be peppy and cheery, but I would never lie to you guys. :)
|This was the rainbow I saw today after I received my email from the BAA. |
This has to be a good sign right? :)
Wish me luck.
Time for positivity and moving on.
I had a great run of 5 miles after work. I was happy with my legs and body since I'd beaten them over 20 miles with rolling hills in 27 degree weather. Yeah, it was THAT hot.
7:49 Avg. pace/mile
I didn't manage to get in a run tonight since we had Curriculum night at school. I will run tomorrow after work, I promise! I also have to pick up my Run or Dye race kit tomorrow. I am super excited for this run!
Thanks again for checking in and for all of your kind messages today. :) You guys are the best!