With my 2-year “Quest for 3:15” completed at NOLA on Sunday, today begins a new challenge and a new “Quest.” This time the focus is solely on one thing….BOSTON!
Officially that means a 3:10 (or 3:09:59) to qualify, which is 2min 29sec faster than my NOLA finish. However, with the new staggered registration process the actual time to get into Boston could end up being a few minutes faster. Also, it would not be outside the realm of possibility for the B.A.A. to bring the times down even lower. Finally, I’m only three years away from turning 40 which will hopefully bring an expanded qualifying time (currently 3:15). Since the qualifying time could be a moving target, this quest will not be centered on time, but on actually qualifying for and running the Boston Marathon.
For the remainder of 2012 I plan to run 3 or 4 additional marathons. One of these will be as the 4-hour pacer for the Country Music Marathon in April, so that will obviously not be an attempt at qualifying. The other race I’m registered for is the Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon in October which will be my next point of focus. After that, I’m in the lottery for NYC again, and thinking about the Chickamauga Battlefield Marathon as a backup option.
I know it’s going to take a lot of work, and lots of help from my family and friends, but I’m very much looking forward to the challenge.