Friday, September 11, 2015

Everybody's Bucket List Race

Your goals, minus your doubts, equal your reality.-- Ralph Marston

The announcement was made today. The Boston Marathon application is set to open Monday, September 14, 2015 at 10:00 am. Many a serious runner wants to run this race. I don't know why really, but it's on my list too. I've visited the city and I didnt really like it. As a New Yorker, I hate all of their sports teams. Why would I want to run a race that is more prestigious than my beloved NYC Marthon?

This will be the 120th time that it will be run. So it could be that there is a lot of tradition. Nope. That's not it. I couldn't care less about Boston history. I refuse to wear their sponsor. I made my decision before the Boston Strong movement. I have nothing ill to say about The events a few years back but I decided I wanted to run Boston before that. The reason Boston is so enticing is because you have to qualify to run it.

I've run the NYC Marathon 10 times. I received guaranteed entry 9 out of 10 times. It is difficult to get guaranteed entry to New York. You have to be a member and run 9 New York Road Runners races plus volunteer for 1 event. That still doesn't equate to the accomplishment of qualifying, which for me is 3 hours and 15 minutes, for the worlds oldest annual race. There are probably other ways to get in but the idea of earning your ticket is so intriguing that it haunts my thoughts. My plan is to qualify in 2017 and run the Boston Marathon in April 2018 when I'm 42.

Oddly enough, since my mind shifted to the Ultra life, I've discovered another race to put on the old bucket list. The Western States Endurance Run 100 miler is now  something that I must do. Back in 2000 when I ran my first ever recreational run I discovered this thing called he NYC Marathon. I obsessed about it and 3 years later I ran it. The same thing has occurred with the WSER 100. I just discovered it in June 2015. I currently obsess about it and I expect to run it in 2018.

I run as often as I do because I absolutely love it. I set goals because that's what I do. Setting goals to do more of what you love better is akin to the person who decided to put peanut butter and jelly  on bread and eat it.

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