So, has anyone heard about the changes for Boston.......Probably not, it hasn't been discussed in Blogland or on FB or on Runnersworld at all today. (I was obviously hard at work, minimizing my work computer screen constantly) Anyway, I'm going to refrain from writing a complete post on this but I have a couple of things I just want to throw out there. First of all, changes needed to be made, I respect the B.A.A. and their decisions. Also, these changes really don't even affect me personally. If anything, they make it easier for me to register so I have little to argue about. What does affect me would be the fact that my husband qualified with only a one minute cushion. There is quite a fair shot he would not get in with that time. Boston 2012 was supposed to be part of our 15 year anniversary trip. Am I upset about this? No, and neither is he really. His response "I guess I better go get me at least that 5 minute cushion!" Now, just because I am likely not at risk for being one of the "on the fence" qualifiers doesn't mean I don't understand how difficult or frustrating it might be for those who qualified and really want to run this race but feel it slipping out of reach. With the rolling registration, many "qualifiers" may not get that chance. I haven't yet processed my complete thoughts on this so I'm not going to fully address it. I am thankful for the opportunity to have run Boston-it was an amazing experience for me! I want one more shot at that course and then I think I will actually be content and remove the "need" to run Boston from my list. So in essence, there may be one more opening in 2013.
Here is what is eating at me today. I don't feel like I demean the efforts of others based on race times. I truly believe several people who qualify just barely, have poured their heart and soul into their training, pushed their limits, and made countless sacrifices for this achievement. In the same token, I feel I deserve that respect for my efforts. Not praise, not a pat on the back but just simple respect from one hard worker to another. I received a FB message today regarding this issue. A "friend" who was VERY frustrated with the changes made a "friendly" comment via PM to me about the fact that she was not a natural born runner like me (whatever) and she had to run 6 marathons and had to work VERY hard to qualify(I didn't?). Perhaps, I read into this too much as I really don't feel she was trying to take a shot at me, but I was instantly offended and I felt my efforts were being demeaned. NO ONE can judge how hard another has worked. I have run a 3:18 marathon. Is that because I'm naturally a runner (elites would disagree as this is practically walking to them) or because I never missed more than 2 consecutive days of training in over a year prior to Boston, got up last winter at 4 frickin' 30 in the morning sometimes or spent hockey travel weekend evenings on the treadmill at 10 pm while other parents were socializing in the bar. I run for myself, not for the approval of others, but I guess if I'm bein' real, my feelings were hurt. Moving on....
So, now that I've got that off my chest....I should have kept it on my chest. Nothing added to my chest could possibly be bad at this point...
I am having a fantastic week. I feel very organized, things are going so smoothly and the weather is just beautiful. Add to the fact, I fell asleep at 9:50 last night and didn't wake up until 5 am and I was practically hugging people at work today. Speaking of work, I had an extremely interesting patient today. He was filling out his medical history and explained how he had stopped taking his meds because the govt. is now putting mind control agents in prescription drugs. Yes, I kept a straight face. His kind wife brought the office potatoes out of their garden and this loaf of bread.
NO, I DID NOT KEEP A STRAIGHT FACE! Bahahaha! Apparently she made it in a tomato juice can. Hmmm-I think it's Jewish bread.
Running is going very well this week. I'm loving being outside in the beautiful weather on the dry roads. We have plenty of snow but the ice on the roads has melted! I love running under the streetlights in the dark. Dark makes me feel less tired, more relaxed or maybe I just actually fall asleep when I'm running.... I did my first outdoor speedwork session in awhile on a 4 mile loop. It was literally a square and so I made up my workout on the thing instead of following my plan once again. Very unorthodox as I did 800, 1600, 2400, 400, 1200, 2400. (I don't think you will find this one in a running book...) I felt better than I have felt since I returned from my hip. I literally felt like I was flying during the first 2400. My confidence level was the highest it's been in awhile. I needed that.
Anyway, my time allotment for the computer is now up! I'm stickin' to my plan here! Hope you're all having a great night!