You know after the Boston Marathon, a day in which every runner at work is in fact sneaking away to watch the Boston Marathon streaming online, that it is almost fall marathon season. Okay so it's at least fall marathon lottery and registration season.
Everyone and their mother is registering for marathons, maybe catching the fever and running their first or running multiple races.
Of course as always, I'm super inspired and motivated to train again after watching the Boston Marathon and seeing all the heart and reading all the stories that come out of it.
I want another, faster BQ (Boston Marathon qualifying time) since I am less than a minute under my qualifying time and need to be faster to apply and be accepted to run nowadays. I'm still shy about talking about it, but it's something I want that I can't deny.
I talked about why a BQ is an A goal but obviously it's not everything here last year before I ran the Chicago Marathon. Since I wanted to run a flat-ish marathon course, my options were limited. Because of my school schedule I also didn't want to run a marathon that was going to be a big trip and farther away.
The Philadelphia Marathon has been on my list of races to run for a while. I've shied away from it the past couple of years because I really would rather run a race earlier in the Fall since I have more time to train in the summer and less in the Fall, especially now that grad school is crazy. I ran the Philadelphia Half Marathon a couple years ago and have obviously raced there a bunch.
Once I PRed a half marathon in Philadelphia a couple weeks ago (recap to follow!), my choice to run it was solidified. I love Philly, and it loves me. I signed up on the day registration open, sadly missing their really discounted marathon entries, but still getting early bird registration.
So yep, Philadelphia Marathon 2016, and I'm all ready to go!
Not so fast. Did you forget that I'm a crazy runner lady?
|Maybe I'm an old fart, but this skit never gets old!|
I've been getting emails for weeks from the Chicago Marathon about entering the lottery or applying for guaranteed entry (which I qualify for again, as I did last year). Then I saw a bunch of friends were entering the lottery. Then I thought long and hard about getting vengenace on that Chicago Marathon course which mostly because of the heat last year, kicked my butt.