Incase you didn’t hear, hubs and I qualified for Boston last weekend! 🙂
To answer the most frequently asked question, no it has not fully sunk in yet. In a lot of ways, I didn’t think this would ever be my story to tell. 32 months ago I ran my first marathon in 4:42. I was proud of that – I still am – but I never thought I would be a sub-4:00 marathoner, let alone a Boston Qualifier.
I remember back in October 2009 when I ran the last few kilometres of the Toronto Marathon with a good friend who was qualifying for Boston for the first time. I ran beside her and got the crowd all riled up, shouting “THIS GIRL IS GOING TO BOSTON!” It was such a joy to share that moment with her, and I knew then and there that one day I wanted to experience that for myself.
So about Boston…
Things changed this year, with the new rolling registration procedure. When the news came out back in February, I was just starting to think that a BQ could be within the realm of possibility for me this year. I would be lying if I said that it wasn’t devastating at the time – I felt that dream slipping farther out of reach.
All I could do was my best. That BQ was incredibly important to me, whether it would lead me to Boston 2012 or not. I wanted it, I worked for it and I got it. I crossed that finish line with a BQ time and minutes to spare, screaming and cheering and crying as though I had won the race; it felt like I had.
It is admittedly a little disheartening that I didn’t get to say: “I’m going to Boston!” The reality is, I don’t believe there is a very good shot that I will actually get in with my time. 3:37 simply may not be good enough for Boston… but it’s good enough for me. For now. 😉
I’m nowhere near finished yet.