a race

April 19, 2011

today’s idea is a little different because it has been circulating around my skull for a while. i ran the detroit free press marathon in 2007 and started training for another marathon at the beginning of 2010. i gave up due to IT band injuries and mounting academic pressures. as i was looking for jobs this year, i kept it in the back of my mind that once i found one, i would look for a marathon there.

then, one day, i was flipping through James Fixx’s “complete book of running” – a bible for distance runners – and was drawn into the chapter about the Boston marathon. frankly, the glory of the race was palpable even as i sat there reading about it. in 2007 i finished the race in 3 hours and 31 minutes. out of 3745 runners, i finished 450th overall. out of 2508 male finishers, i finished 394th. out of 41 male finishers under 19, i finished 11th. the boston qualifying time was 3 hours and ten minutes. based on the way my knees rebelled for the next three weeks, i told people i’d never run a marathon again. but in the back of my mind i knew that i was too close to that qualifying time to give up.

i checked online after reading fixx’s chapter, and sure enough, the qualifying time for the 2012 boston marathon will be 3 hours and 10 minutes for men 18-34. in 2013, however, the qualifying time will drop to 3 hours and 5 minutes. meaning this is the year to do it.

the san francisco marathon is july 31. my crazy idea today is to run it and qualify for boston. i’m close to serious about this one, though. that’s 26.2 seven minute and fifteen second miles – down from eight minute three second splits when i ran in 07. i’ll have to get a stopwatch.


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