In order to qualify for the race, I needed to hit at or below a 3:45 marathon. I qualified out of the Detroit Marathon, both in 2005 and 2006. My 2006 time of 3:30 made the mark by more than 15 minutes. Each qualifying time is then good for two years. Karen and I decided that 2008 would be our year to finally run the Boston Marathon. We have reservations at a quaint bed and breakfast in Cambridge, very close to Harvard. I've never been to Boston before, so I am very excited to explore the city and be apart of this very pretigious race.
It's a joke in our family that when I was much younger (maybe 10), my dad once told me when I was running with him on the YMCA track that I was so slow it was "painful" to run with me (I know it sounds bad, but he didnt' really mean it like that.) And now I'm Boston bound. And that's very meaningful to me since I've worked hard for many, many years to become a runner. I've persevered through doubts and countless injuries, to follow one of my greatest loves, the simple act of running.