We love marathons, we love running, we love watching the Boston Marathon, and cheering on all our friends who run Boston. But we do not really care if we qualify (BQ) to run it. Yes, we'd like to maybe one day...but right now, we're at peace with running marathons and other races just for fun, without the pressure to BQ. Seems we weren't the only ones who aren't in a rush to run the famous marathon anytime soon...read Anna's take on running Boston:
My whole marathon career, people have asked me if I have run the Boston marathon, as if none of my other accomplishments were impressive enough. Two weeks after I qualified for the Olympic Team Trials in the marathon, I found myself in the middle of a familiar conversation:
Guy in running clothes: You’ve run a 2:38 marathon? Are you running Boston Marathon this year?
Me: No, the Olympic Trials are in February, so there really isn’t a lot of time for turnaround…
Guy: What!? You qualified for Boston and you’re not going to run?!?! (Gasp)
Truth be told, I have never had the desire to run Boston, which seems like an entirely taboo subject as of late. Since I’ve already thrown the major truth bomb out there, I might as well elaborate…
The Boston Marathon is expensive:
Have you ever looked up Boston Marathon flights, lodging, restaurant prices, etc.? Just getting to and from Boston is triple my rent!
BQ'ing does not define me:
I see runners go down this slippery slope all the time, and I want to say this: a time on a piece of paper does not define me, just as it does not define you. In many ways, I have eschewed the race because I do not like the emotional emphasis and self worth people put on an arbitrary number.
Marathon Day Weather:
One year it’s 88 degrees and the next it’s 30 and rain/snowing. (Seriously. Check out the Boston Marathon weather history). When I train my butt off for a marathon for 3 months I want to go somewhere that I can be reasonably certain my race won’t be derailed by poor weather.
I would rather be drinking on a Monday off:
I mean, sure, there’s technically only a few hours of Patriot’s Day where you shouldn’t drink if you’re running the marathon, but if I’m going to have a Monday off, I want to spend it throwing Monday Motivation out the window and doing nothing, not calling up all my inner courage to race a marathon!
Protesting “the Man”:
In my eyes, Boston has effectively become the big boss man of marathons, a corporate endeavor that lures people into spending their remaining money on Boston jackets, t-shirts, hats, shoe laces, etc. to commemorate the achievement of crossing a finish line in an arbitrary time. I would rather spend my hard earned money on groceries at Whole Foods than fork over every last penny just to tell people I have run the only marathon non-runners can identify.
Boston Marathon jackets are ugly:
Speaking of jackets…let’s be honest. Boston qualifiers are made to believe that if they do not bring the jacket back, they did not run Boston. On top of the price, they’re also pretty ugly. Plus, anyone can buy a discounted Boston Marathon jacket at Marshalls and TJ Maxx a couple months later, so how "special" is this.
Isn’t it a funny conundrum that you are rewarded for having run a fast Boston qualifying time by being forced to put your body through hilly torture to feel like you have earned the right to say you have run the Boston Marathon? No thank you!
So, this Patriot’s Day, if you are not running Boston Marathon because you chose not to or because you did not qualify, it’s okay! You’re not any less of a runner because of it. Remember why we run. Remember we are all human, made of atoms, the same matter and energy, no matter how fast we run.
How do you feel about Boston and qualifying to run the Marathon? Share with in the comments below, or tweet to us @OnlyAtoms.
Our guest contributor/run blogger is Anna Weber who's a 2:38 marathoner (!) and qualified for the Olympic Trails, runs with our friends over at Oiselle (only love for them here!), a Nuun and Zensah ambassador, a chemist and a believer in karma (like us!). Follow Anna and her running career online here: Twitter @Anna_Weber413/ Instagram @anna_weber413 / blog: AnnaWeberRuns