Dear Boston…

As I announced at the beginning of the year, I have joined the ranks of so many runners before me in declaring it my goal to qualify for your prestigious Boston Marathon .

Hopkinton Boston Marathon Start


Since this big goal has been revealed, I’ve brainstormed my race plans and even chosen my first attempt race, The Utah Valley Marathon on June 9.

Utah Valley Marathon


While I am a reasonably positive person, I have weighed the probability of making it on BQ attempt 1 and it’s ‘okay’ at best. Shamrock did not help my confidence (not to sound like a broken record, but 3:45 sounded so reasonable of a goal…) but I also have to remind myself that this training cycle is my third and with each race comes new improvements and learned lessons.

This pic cracks me up...

For example – I might not have made my time goal at Shamrock, but I recovered with incredible ease. I am confident in my physical ability to run 26.2 miles – after all, I shaved off one minute between Marathon 1 and Marathon 2 – if I want to BQ, all I need to do is keep up that trend and run 23 more races, then right? 😉

Silliness aside, I am proud of what I have accomplished so far – after all, just one year ago, I revealed my plans to run my very first marathon. In one year from now, whether I am tapering for my first Boston Marathon, or off on another adventure, I know that toeing the line at Hopkinton will happen.

Beantown – hope you’re ready for me!



Good luck to all my friends running Boston this marathon Monday! Enjoy this weekend, stay off your feet and I’ll be cheering for all of you from Virginia 🙂

12 thoughts on “Dear Boston…

  1. I remember the day I decided I was going to try and qualify for the Boston Marathon. I told myself during my first sub-4 marathon that I if I could prove myself I would get to try for the infamous BQ. I ran a 3:55 and so my journey began. It took me way more times to qualify than I know it will take you, but each attempt made me a stronger runner and made the day that I did qualify that much easier. You will get your BQ, whether it be in June or very soon after. Working on the BQ is a physically and mentally challenging goal, but SOOOOO worth it!!!!!

  2. I’m not sure I’ll ever run a marathon… but I’m currently training for my first half! Running is a funny thing because sometimes you feel amazing… and then sometimes you feel the exact opposite. But the good thing is, the more you work, the more effort you put in… you’re guaranteed results! So good luck and way to challenge yourself!

    • After I ran my first half, people asked me if I would ever run a marathon. The answer then was a very defiant, “HAHHA NO WAY!” Famous last words for me….hehe…thanks for dropping by and commenting! 🙂

  3. Good luck! I’d love to run it too, but I’m don’t have the time to put into that kind of training during this stage of my life. Maybe someday…

  4. It took me 4 marathons and 2 BQ attempts to get a BQ. Start setting up what you need to do from the very beginning. Figure out where your weak spots are and try to fill them in. For example, I had major issues with my quad muscles giving out on me, so I started doing strength training and haven’t had issues since. Mental skills and confidence were key, as well as picking an appropriate goal that might be a stretch but not too much of a stretch. Good luck!

    • Thanks for your advice, Karen! I have identified that nutrition / hydration are my most major stumbling blocks – so at least I know where to improve!

      Mental skills….you are so right. Mind over matter!

      Thank you 🙂


  5. Just keep running your heart out like you have been and you will make it! I will be cheering for you! Have a great weekend. xo

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