My two cents on how to BQ

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Hello readers!

For those of you interested on my two cents on how to qualify for the Boston Marathon, please check out my post on my I Mua Training website!

Don’t worry – I won’t cross-post too often.  But I thought this topic might be of interest to you!

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Twin Cities Marathon 2011 Race Report: PR & BQ!

Twin Cities Marathon 2011 was marathon #8 for me and my 4th time running Twin Cities.  I love that I FINALLY don’t have to start a race report off with “Once again, this wasn’t the race that I was hoping for”.  This WAS the race that I was hoping for.  My performance, both in terms of time and in terms of laying it all out there, left me with a big grin on my face and a very satisfied feeling!

The details:

  • 3:42:19!  (8:30 pace)
  • 7 minutes 21 second PR!
  • 393 out of 3675 females
  • 1674 out of 8530 overall
  • 47 of 509 females age 40-44
Now settle in, grab yourself your favorite beverage and a snack, and get ready for the long-winded scoop on how the day went down.  Or click “mark as read” in your reader and move on to another blog!

My training:

My training was completely different this time around.  For my previous 7 marathons I had followed a plan (low heart rate, Daniels, or Pfitz; with varying peak mileage) and I trained completely on my own – as in 100% of my runs were by myself.  This time I trained with a group of fabulous, speedy runners from Chanhassen Life Time Fitness and had an incredibly motivating, inspirational and knowledgeable coach, Coach MB.  I am 100% convinced that the training I had for this marathon is why I had such a fabulous race.

My race strategy:

My goal was around a 3:37, which would mean about an 8:11 pace (since TCM always measures long for me, about 26.55).  I had planned on about 8:20 pace to 10k, 8:10 pace to the HM point, 8:05 pace til mile 20, hanging on for the hills through 23, then kicking it in sub-8:00 to get me to 3:37.  Obviously based on my time, things didn’t go as planned, but ended up good anyway!

Pre-race:

Those of you who have been following my blog for awhile know that I have major sleep issues, which usually leave me tossing and turning the night before a race.  I get SO excited and/or worked up about the race that my mind won’t shut off.  Well, this time I took an epsom bath and started reading a book about 7:30 p.m. and by 8:30 I was SO tired that I decided to try going to sleep. I fell asleep instantly!  Woke up every couple of hours, but was able to fall right back asleep.  Alarm went off at 4:00 a.m. and was SO happy to feel rested and have had 7 1/2 hours of sleep (which is about 1 1/2 hours more than I normally get a night!).  The first words out of my mouth (to Norah, my dog) when the alarm went off were “RACE DAY!  Today is the day, Norah!”

From the moment I woke up I really felt like it was my day.  I didn’t just hope it was going to be a good day, I knew it would be!

Probably TMI for you, but by race start time I had gone to the bathroom at least a dozen times and made sure that I was completely good to go and wouldn’t need to stop to pee or with GI issues.  This was huge for me because in many of my previous marathons I develop GI issues and NEED a porta potty ASAP.  I felt like I would have no GI worries.

Although my training group and my Girls 10 group (who were all running the TC 10 Mile) were all meeting beforehand, I decided to just do my own thing, which included hanging out in the Dome Mall of America Field and relaxing, numerous bathroom breaks and some light stretching.  No warm up.  I was going out slow enough in my early miles that I didn’t think any sort of warm up was necessary.

Race Start:

I was in corral 2 because I forgot to submit my time for corral 1 in time.  I was a little bummed about this, but made my way right up to the front of corral 2, so all was good.  The only bummer about it is then when you cross the finish line the time on the clock is way off from your actual time, which screws up photos and just doesn’t look as cool.  I did like that for most of the race I was passing people, instead of being passed like I was when I was in corral 1 in previous years.

The weather felt cold, but it was actually on the warmer side for preferred marathon start.  It was about 45 and a tiny bit windy.  I did opt for arm warmers with my tank, and throw away gloves, so that I’d be more comfortable in the early miles.  It was supposed to heat up to about low/mid 60’s by race end (it got hotter, about 71/72 at race end), so I planned on just rolling them down or throwing them to my family.

My Song of the Day:  Black Eyed Peas I’ve Got a Feeling.  They played it in the corral and I heard it at least 1/2 a dozen times along the course.  I would change the words in my mind and sing “Today’s the day. . .  I’ve got a feeling today’s gonna be a good good day.”  And it WAS!  It pumped me up every time I heard this song along the course!
Miles 1-3.1 (25:29 elapsed time)  (8:12 pace avg) (8:25, 8:14, 8:21)

Started off a little faster than I wanted to be.  I had to make a conscious effort to slow myself down.  I felt good.  I was taking in the crowd, gave a shout out to Justice Alan Page playing his tuba at mile 2.75, and was high-fiving little kids when I went by.

The miles were measuring a bit long, so when I would hit my lap button at the marker, it would register actual time slower than the pace I was actually going.  I figured it would all balance out in the end, so I wasn’t worried.

Mile 4 – 6.2 (51:09 elapsed time) (8:14 pace avg) (8:10; 8:12; 8:10)

Even though my plan had been to hold an 8:20 pace through 10k, I decided to alter my strategy and pick it up.  My rationale:  I was feeling good and it was going to rapidly warm up so I wanted to bang out some faster miles than planned because I figured the hills and heat would slow me down and my original strategy to go faster in the later miles wouldn’t work.  Good call, I think.

I was still loving the crowd, smiling, enjoying the day.  I was very relaxed and just going with the flow.

Mile 7 – 13.1 (1:48:17 elapsed time) (8:16 avg pace) (7:59; 8:17; 8:15; 8:26; 8:16; 8:18; 8:22)

More of the same.  Relaxed.  Enjoying the crowd.  Loving some of the signs (“If Bachman can run, so can you”;  “Behind every great runner is an even better family!” “26.2 because 26.3 is crazy”).  Having fun with the little kids. Fueling according to plan.

About mile 12 I started to feel like my breathing was harder than it should be.  I started wondering whether I should back off the pace a bit.  I did decide to back off a bit and then almost immediately saw Kelli H., one of the girls I was training with who had a very similar time goal as mine, but she started in corral 1.  I ran with her for a minute, but she was picking up the speed because she was off pace a bit, so I decided just to keep her in sight for awhile (which made me maintain pace/speed up, instead of backing off like I thought I would).  It was VERY motivational to see a familiar face while running.  It made me reflect on just how awesome my training group was, how I wanted to hang in there so I could make them proud, and how lucky I was to have found such a great group of runners and friends.

Mile 14-15 (8:46; 8:09)

Miles 14 and 15 were hard for me.  I was starting to get tired and lose concentration.  I worried a bit that it was feeling harder than it should and that I had SO far to go still.  I tried not to think of the miles I had in front of me, but it was hard.  I thought of my friend Jen, who hasn’t been able to run in 5 1/2 months and how is recovering from a painful hip surgery.  I thought about running for her, because she would give anything to be out there racing hard.  I tried to mentally focus because I know Jen is able to do that in tough conditions.

I knew that my mom was planning on coming to mile 15, so I kept concentrating on that.  I told myself to stay strong til I saw her at mile 15, then reassess.  It was GREAT to see her and a bright pink runnin-from-the-law sign at about mile 15.25.   After I saw her I got a new little burst of energy/motivation!  Thanks mom!

Mile 16 – 20 (2:46:57 elapsed time) (8:20 pace) (8:30; 8:31; 8:40; 8:42)

I knew I was slower than my original plan on these miles, and they felt harder than I wanted them to, but I wasn’t worried.  I wasn’t thinking ahead to needing to make up time or anything like that.  I was just taking each mile as they came and working hard at staying focused, relaxed and just moving forward.  Usually this part of the marathon is the slowest for me and it seems like it takes FOREVER.  This time it went by fairly fast.  Thanks, in part, due to the entertainment of Rupert, the Dude In The Suit.

Did anyone see him?  HILARIOUS!  Dude wore a black business suit and tie, a sweatband in his hair, and his running shoes.  He had “Rupert.  Dudeinthesuit” in white lettering on his back.  The crowd LOVED him and he loved the crowd.  He hammed it up every step of the way, pumping up the crowd, responding to their comments, stopping and dancing when we would go by bands, etc.  He took my mind off of the work I was putting in. Eventually I went ahead of him (he finished 4:30:xx, so he must have totally hammed it up on Summit).

Somewhere along here was the only time I got really irritated during the whole marathon (though I didn’t let out an F bomb!).  There was a lady with a sign that said, “1 in every 100 runners poops their pants.  R U that 1?”  Now I’m sure she just thought she was funny, but it pissed me off because it made me think about the GI issues that I normally have in marathons.  And I worried, for a second, that thinking about the issues would make them come true.  So I quickly pushed it out of my mind, but was briefly irritated.  (I saw her again at mile 22 and was briefly irritated again).  Dumb sign!

Just before the 20 mile timing mat (actually before every timing mat), I gave it a little burst of speed because I thought of all my blog readers, friends and family who were tracking me and I wanted to have my time be better for them!  So thank you for tracking me!

Right at mile 20 I saw one of my Girls 10 friends, Sue, who had run the 10 mile.  She ran with me for about 1/10th of a mile and encouraged me to stay strong.  SO great to see her. Right after that I saw my aunt/godmother Kate.  Again, a much needed boost at a time when I needed it.  I do remember crossing the 20 mile mat and thinking “Wow.  I’m not exhausted.  I haven’t hit a wall.  I’m ok.  I can do this.”

Mile 21-24 (3:22:46 elapsed time) (8:41; 9:06; 8:46; 8:40)

This is the hilly part of the course.  What a horrible time for it to come.  It’s not terribly steep, but it hurts because of the time it comes in the race and because it is so long and gradual.  I literally took each step and each mile at a time.  Just kept telling myself to move forward, stay strong and relaxed, shorten my step, etc.  I reminded myself that we had trained on these very hills in much hotter conditions and that I could do it.  I was pleased with my results!

It was getting much warmer and the sun was getting to me(full sun all day, unless we ran in the shaded spots, which I tried to do and which might account for the course measuring long).  After the race when I changed I noticed sun burn in the pattern of my tank!

LOVE rounding the St. Thomas corner and turning on to Summit.  So beautiful, so filled with fall colors and so full of wonderful, enthusiastic spectators!

Fall colors on Summit Ave.

Around mile 23 I was looking for Shep’s parents, but never saw them.  I did think about Shep and it DID power me through some parts of the marathon.  I thought about his mom and how she would probably give anything to be in my position, where her greatest challenge was feeling tired and sore and having to run 26.2 miles.  I thought about what a cute face and positive/innocent attitude Shep has with his cancer and treatment.  And I told myself that if Shep and his family can deal with the things they are dealing with, that I could certainly bust out a few more miles.

Right around mile 23 I also saw my training buddy, Kelly H. again.  I saw her stop and walk and stretch.  I shouted out to her “C’mon Kelly, you’ve got this” as I went by her.  I SO wanted her to catch up to me and run with me, because I didn’t want her to be struggling, which I knew she must be.  Part of me thought I should stop and run with her and encourage her, because that’s what we all did in training runs.  But, coach had also talked with us about the race being individual and I knew that if I slowed I might not ever speed back up, so I just went ahead.  Even though she was off the time that she wanted, she ended up with an 8 minute PR!

Mile 24 felt SO hard.  I wanted to be going sub-8 but just didn’t have it in me.  I was hot and ready to be done.  I didn’t look at my overall running time, so didn’t know what I was on pace for.  I just gave it everything I had and told myself that was all I could do.  People were seeing my name on my bib (in stickers) and shouting “go cindi” and it really really helped me move forward!

Mile 25 – finish (9:03; 8:38; 2:01 – 8:55 pace at end)

This is always my hardest, and best, part of Twin Cities.  I’m tired.  And emotional.  My parents have a condo at about mile 25.25 of the course, on the right hand side of Summit just before the big obnoxious Vikings blow up thing.

Vikings blow up – my parents condo is right before this at mile 25

Passing the mile 25 marker is always THE BEST because I know that my cheering section will be there and that then it is (literally) all downhill from there.  They put up AN OBNOXIOUS (in a good way!) amount of signs for me, starting about 1 block from their actual condo.

So I see the bright pink signs and start waving from a distance.  And I see my dad with his camera taking pictures.

And I see my mom waving and Meghan and her friend with their hands out ready for me to slap them, and my sister and niece cheering.

Meg & friend Jane waiting for me to come by

I love it!  So motivating and encouraging!  And it gives me the energy I need to get that last mile done!

I saw the Cathedral and wanted to give it a final speedy burst of energy.

I have to say that the one thing that disappointed me during the race itself was that I wasn’t able to give it the finishing kick that I wanted to.   My last .2 miles was at 8:55 pace.  I noticeably slowed down.  Something felt off on my right thigh on the downhill, like it was going to buckle.  So I slowed.  I think me and downhills do NOT mix, this is how I felt the entire Evil Mile 17 Downhill at Little Rock Marathon in March.  But, I did look at garmin and knew I’d have a monster PR and a BQ that would all but guarantee me a spot for 2013, so I was happy even without a fast finishing kick.

Post race:

And what a great ending to a perfect race when I saw two of my training buddies (who are running races later this month) volunteering at the finish, so I got to be congratulated by them and wrapped in blankets and handed powerade from them.  So fun!

Fueling:

My fueling was perfect.  Gu 15 minutes before race and at miles 4.5, 9, 13 (shot blocks), 17.5 and 22.  I carried my handheld and filled it up at 3 or 4 water stops, with a Nuun tablet 3 times.  Took powerade at about every other stop and drank a few sips of it.  I felt like I was properly fueled and had enough energy throughout.

Now, for the part you’ve all been waiting for:

F-Bombs:  ZERO!

Tears:  ZERO! 

I really really loved this whole training cycle and this whole race!

Meg took this picture crooked.  Bad sweaty race hair!

Meg and me post race with my signs!

Seriously, must work on having cuter race hair.

Team Shep supporters (my dad and me)!

SO happy that I finally had a race that I was happy with, a PR and a BQ.  Very worth all the hard work, sacrifices and effort.  And, yes, I’m already looking for a spring marathon!

Finsher!  Marathon #8 in the books!

A PR and a BQ!

 

Today was SUCH a fabulous race.  I got a 7 1/2 minute PR and a BQ that really felt like a BQ.  THIS was how I imagined the race that I wanted to get me into Boston!

  • 3:42:19!  (8:30 pace)  My garmin measured long again (just like all previous Twin Cities at 26.57 miles)
  • 393 out of 3675 females
  • 1674 out of 8530 overall
  • 47 of 509 females age 40-44

Still able to wave and smile just past mile 25 when I passed my parents, sister and niece, uncle and Meg & her friend Jane!

Although I had faster ambitions (I really thought between 3:35 – 3:37 was possible), the heat was a definite factor and slowed me down during the second half.  I think it was low 70’s when I finished (and sunny all day).  I have no complaints though!  I had a BLAST during the first half, worked on my mental toughness during the second half, and finished without feeling any sort of injury and honestly, not too sore at all.

Full report to follow soon!  Right now I have a pizza and beer waiting for me.  And then some cookies and ice cream!  🙂

I’ll be ok with not getting in Boston this year. Really!

Warm Fuzzy of the Day:  I was told by a marine that I could probably kick-ass in a marathon against most of the marines that are here at this conference. (I’m at Toys For Tots conference where the ratio of marines to civilians is about 10:1.  They all LOOK fit, but they don’t look particularly fast!)  This may be true, but I’m pretty sure that every single marine here, and probably most of the other civilians that are here, could beat me at my less than stellar pull-up abilities.

Weak!

I should be down at the bar drinking more with the marines, but instead I stopped after 2 beers and went up to my room at 9:00 to drink lots of water and go to bed early so that I can get my last long run (16 miles) in before Twin Cities.  Good girl!

*******

I’m AMAZED at how many Boston spots are still open.  If the talk on the internet is right (and I think it is), there are just over 15,000 spots filled for Boston.  Field is probably about 27,000.  I’ve heard different things about how many are charity runners, but most people say about 5,000.  Which means the qualified runners will be about 21,000 – 22,000.  Which means there are potentially still 6,000 – 7,000 spots for the runners that qualified by less than 5 minutes when registration opens for that group on Monday.  Woot!  That’s me!  With being -19 seconds under my BQ time, I’m in a better position than the peeps that are -18 through +59 (they are still taking +59 second qualifiers this year).  But I’m still not confident there will be enough spots for me.  There are so many people, like me, that just barely qualify and fall within this group that can register Monday.  And most of these people probably WILL register, because it will be their first time qualifying, they won’t make it next year (when the standards drop by 5 minutes), and because it will be just my luck that they will all register and shut me out!

And I will be PISSED and FRUSTRATED and CRABBY if I don’t get in (we’ll know between September 24 – 28th).  But part of me will be ok with it if I don’t get in.  Yes, you read that right.  Part of me will be ok with it if I don’t get in to Boston this year because I don’t feel like I deserve it.  Now before you start thinking:  “Cindi, quit with the putting yourself down and negative talk”, let me explain.  I know that I deserve to be at Boston because I am a kick-ass runner (after all, I could beat a bunch of marines!) and because I train harder and better than many many people.  And I know that I deserve to be at Boston because technically I have met the BQ standards and they are BQ standards for a reason – they are hard to meet!  And I know that I deserve to be at Boston because I want it SO badly (and have for the 3 1/2 years I’ve been running marathons).

So I know for all those reasons, I deserve to be at Boston in 2012.

So why will I be ok if I don’t make it this year?  Because I don’t yet have the one thing that virtually everyone who BQ’ed and will be at Boston in 2012 has.  I don’t have a true “Holy-crap-I-just-BQ’ed-and-ran-the-race-of-my-life” experience.  Like Kristy just had at Lehigh Valley Marathon last weekend.  Like a friend of mine’s husband had at Grandma’s this summer.  Like pretty much everyone has when they BQ.

Me?  My BQ race was very anti-climactic. I didn’t even know if I had BQ’ed because I was so close to the wire that the clock time said “no BQ”, but my garmin said, “maybe a BQ”.  And the only reason that this was “maybe a BQ” was because when I ran it (in Oct 2010 at Twin Cities), the rules still said that the qualifying race window was like 18 months, so that race would count in 2012 and in the mean time I would turn 40, so that bought me 5 extra minutes.  But the time that I got in the race was still 5 minutes slower than the time I was aiming for, my “real” BQ time based on the age that I was at that time (39).  So at the finish line when I got my 3:49:41 there wasn’t any jumping up and down screaming that I got a BQ, there wasn’t any excessive celebration, etc.  Even though it was my best/fastest marathon, it wasn’t a celebrate-going-to-Boston-BQ type of marathon.

And, as crazy as it sounds, I want that.   I want that feeling of knowing I just had the kick-ass race of my life and that because of that, I deserve to go to Boston.  Then I think I’ll deserve to go to Boston.  Ya know what I mean?

Having said all this, don’t be thinking that I’m gonna do anything dumb like not throw my name in for Boston on Monday.  Because if how bad you WANT to go to Boston was the criteria on which they admitted people, I’d be in for sure.  It’s out of my hands now.  I’ll be there some day.  Hopefully sooner than later.

Attention Speedsters: Take a Break From Boston This Year!

Is it just me or is anyone else cranky today about Boston Registration?  Everywhere I look today in blogs, twitter and facebook, the speedsters are commenting about how they just registered for Boston.  Uggggg.  Slow down!  Quit registering!  You speedsters have all been there before.  Why not take a break from Boston this year and let those of us who just barely qualified by the seat of our pants have a shot at toeing the line at Hopkinton this year!?  Please?  Thank you!

Boston Marathon Registration Calculator

You KNOW people are confused when the BAA has to create a registration calculator tool to tell you when you can register!

If you haven’t already done so, check out the Boston Marathon Registration Calculator.

I half expected it to spit out “Ha!  You don’t have a prayer of actually getting in since you just eeeked by our qualifying standards” when I input my info.  But it didn’t.  It told me what I already knew:

2012 BOSTON MARATHON
REGISTRATION DATE CALCULATOR
Your submitted information:
Gender: F

Valid Qualifying Time*: 3:49:44
*Performance must be recorded on a certified marathon course on or after September 25, 2010.
(All times submitted will be verified.)

Age on Race Day (April 16, 2012): 40

If space remains after the first week of registration, you may submit your qualifying and registration information beginning Monday, September 19, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. ET, and continuing until Friday, September 23, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. ET.For more information on the registration process, click here. For 2012 Qualifying Standards, click here.

Damn.  I really wish I had a chance of actually getting in for 2012.  Irritating!

Grandma’s Goals (and outfit)!


In case you are spectating or running Grandma’s and looking for me, I’ll be in green and black, with a touch of my signature pink (of course!) in the shorts and on my head!

There is also runner tracking available until Friday night at 9:00 p.m. (though in the past I think the text/email tracking has sucked).  Link to it here.

Pacing plan is now all set.

And, just to keep my 5 followers in formed, and keep myself accountable, my goals are:

A Goal:  I’ll be trying for a sub 3:40, which will put be 10 minutes under my BQ time and have a MUCH better chance of Boston next year than my current 19 seconds under qualifying time!

B Goal:  I’d also be thrilled with anything under 3:45, because that would also give me a better chance of actually getting in Boston next year.

C Goal:  And, if neither of those work, then I’d still like a PR (current 3:49:41)

D Goal: (which really is also my A, B and C goal):  Have fun!

Good Fortune

Do you believe in fortunes?

You know, the ones that you get from Chinese fortune cookies at the end of a meal?  I wouldn’t say that I believe in them, per se.  Like I don’t think that they are the be all and end all.  I don’t think that what is written in them is necessarily an indicator of what will happen to you.

But, I have to confess, that when I get a good/meaningful fortune, I save it.  And I twist it around to fit whatever I think it applies to in my life/current situation.  And I think about it.  And I have found that sometimes the fortune comes true.  But, more often than not, I think the fortune coming true (or not) has to do with my attitude and outlook on whatever it is that I want that fortune to mean.

So, when I got this fortune at my last Girls 10 dinner on April 19th, I was happy (true, I’d have been happier if it said, “You will run 10 minutes faster than your BQ time”, but still).

Because when I opened it, and was only 4 weeks in to my Grandma’s training, my first thought was that the fortune was about my passion and determination to BQ.  I got this fortune April 19th, the day after watching and being inspired about the Boston Marathon.  The day after I ordered THREE running books, one of them called “Boston or Bust”.  And I’ve been hanging on to this little slip of paper.  I’ve had it posted on my bathroom mirror and looked at it every day.  And I’ve been thinking about it.  And thinking that it applies to my marathon training this time around.  So whether I actually race faster than my BQ time at Grandma’s happens or not, I do know, for certain, that this fortune has already come true.  Because my ATTITUDE and OUTLOOK has for sure made me much more passionate and determined about BQ’ing this time around.

And ya know what?  Even if I don’t get the crazy fast time goal that I have in mind, the passion and fun and fitness that I’ve achieved with this training cycle have been SO fabulous, that it really, truly won’t even matter.*

*Which is not to say that you won’t hear a bunch of F-Bombs and see tears if I don’t meet my goal. 

Must Run & Register Faster! (New Boston Standards)

BAA announced the new standards today.  (Takes forever to load; thanks to Maria for cutting/pasting it into Word for me!) Looks like I am still technically good for 2012 time-wise, but they are doing a rolling registration process, which I believe would screw me since fasties will register in the earlier days.  So, looks like I’m just going to need to run a faster qualifying time at Little Rock or Grandma’s, so that I can register early.  If I don’t make it this year, 2013 and beyond they are making qualifying standards 5 minutes faster all around.  I FEEL like I can run faster in 3 weeks.  Bring it on!

Here are some highlights from the news release:

2012 Boston Marathon

For the 2012 Boston Marathon, registration will extend for two weeks, beginning on Monday, September 12, 2011 and continuing until Friday, September 23, 2011. The qualifying times for the 2012 Boston Marathon will not change from recent past years since the standards had been previously announced and have been in effect since last September. However, the new registration process addresses the increased demand among qualified runners to participate in the Boston Marathon and will accommodate those who are the fastest qualifiers first.

Registration will occur on a “rolling admission” schedule until the maximum field size is reached, beginning with the fastest qualifiers. On the first day of registration for the 2012 Boston Marathon, those who are eligible for entry by having met the qualifying standards for their age and gender group by 20 minutes or more will be able to enter on the first day of registration (September 12). On the third day (September 14), registration will open for those who have met their qualifying standards by 10 minutes or more. On the fifth day (September 16), registration will open for those who have met their qualifying standards by five minutes or more. During this first week of registration, applicants will be notified as they are accepted and their qualifying performance verified.

If the field size is not reached after the first week and additional space remains, then registration will open to all qualifiers at the beginning of Week Two (September 19) and those who have met the qualifying standards by any amount of time will be able to apply for entry. The application process will remain open for the entire week, closing on September 23. At the conclusion of Week Two, those who are the fastest among the pool of applicants in their age and gender will be accepted. Accepted athletes will be notified on September 28.

If space remains available after this two week process, registration will remain open to any qualifier on a first come, first served basis until the maximum field size is reached.

The field size for the 2012 Boston Marathon will not represent a significant increase from the most recent years.

Registration Process for the 2012 Boston Marathon

Date registration opens for runners with times…
September 12, 2011 20 min., 00sec. or more below their qualifying time (based on age/gender)
September 14, 2011 10 min., 00 sec. or more below their qualifying time (based on age/gender)
September 16, 2011 5 min., 00 sec. or more below their qualifying time (based on age/gender)
Second Week
September 19, 2011 All Qualified Runners
September 23, 2011 Registration closes for qualified applicants
September 28, 2011 (appx) Qualifiers from entry during second week of registration are notified of their acceptance.

If the field is not filled at the conclusion of the two weeks, then registration will remain open and qualifiers will be accepted on a first come, first served basis until the maximum field size is reached.

2013 Boston Marathon

For the 2013 Boston Marathon, in addition to the new “rolling admission” process for registration which will be in effect for the 2012 Boston Marathon, the B.A.A. will adjust the qualifying times by lowering them by five minutes from the times which have been in effect in recent past years. The adjusted qualifying times will go into effect on September 24, 2011, and are as follows:

2013 Qualifying Times (effective September 24, 2011)

Age Group Men Women
18-34 3hrs 05min 00sec 3hrs 35min 00sec
35-39 3hrs 10min 00sec 3hrs 40min 00sec
40-44 3hrs 15min 00sec 3hrs 45min 00sec
45-49 3hrs 25min 00sec 3hrs 55min 00sec
50-54 3hrs 30min 00sec 4hrs 00min 00sec
55-59 3hrs 40min 00sec 4hrs 10min 00sec
60-64 3hrs 55min 00sec 4hrs 25min 00sec
65-69 4hrs 10min 00sec 4hrs 40min 00sec
70-74 4hrs 25min 00sec 4hrs 55min 00sec
75-79 4hrs 40min 00sec 5hrs 10min 00sec
80 and over 4hrs 55min 00sec 5hrs 25min 00sec
*Unlike previous years, an additional 59 seconds will NOT be accepted for each age group time standard

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