Thursday, December 27, 2007

Boston Bound

This afternoon, I finally registered for the 2008 Boston Marathon, the 112th running of the legendary event (making it the world's oldest annually contested marathon). This year's race is on Monday, April 21, which conincides with Patriots' Day, as has been the case since the race's inception. The course follows a point-to-point route from rural Hopkinton to Boston, and includes the infamous "heartbreak hill," which is a steep ascent over one-half mile between the 20 and 21 mile marks, in the vicinity of Boston College. The race is capped at 25,000 participants, all of whom must meet tough designated qualifiying time standards, based on sex and age group.

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.

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