boston on the brain

Today is the 115th Boston Marathon! I've got the Boston site bookmarked to track the day's progressions. I can only imagine how much adrenaline is bouncing around that city right now! It's really making me want to be there :)

If you're interested here is a link to the course route.

Pictures of the 3 different bibs used today...which determine wave & corrals

Red bibs start at 10am, white 10:20am, and the blue at 10:40am

Naturally, I was looking for the finisher's medal, race pack goodies, and tshirt information. Why can't I ever find the important information???

And I just pulled this off the Boston are the qualifying times in case you've got your sites set on Boston:

2012 Qualifying Times (effective September 25, 2010)

Age Group   Men            Women

18-34      3hrs 10min      3hrs 40min

35-39      3hrs 15min      3hrs 45min

40-44      3hrs 20min       3hrs 50min

45-49       3hrs 30min      4hrs 00min

50-54       3hrs 35min      4hrs 05min

55-59       3hrs 45min     4hrs 15min

60-64      4hrs 00min      4hrs 30min

65-69      4hrs 15min      4hrs 45min

70-74      4hrs 30min      5hrs 00min

75-79      4hrs 45min       5hrs 15min

80 and over 5hrs 00min    5hrs 30min

*An additional 59 seconds will be accepted for each age group time standard. For example, a net time of 3:50:59 will be accepted for a 42-year-old woman.

For the 2013 Boston Marathon, qualifying times are more stringent, and must be run on or after September 24, 2011. Like the 2012 registration process, the acceptance of official race entrants will be based on qualifying time, with the fastest qualifiers (in relation to their age and gender) being accepted first until the race is full. All qualifying times are subject to review and verification.

2013 Qualifying Times (effective September 24, 2011)
AgeGroup    Men                   Women

18-34    3hrs 05min 00sec    3hrs 35min 00sec

35-39    3hrs 10min 00sec    3hrs 40min 00sec

40-44    3hrs 15min 00sec     3hrs 45min 00sec

45-49     3hrs 25min 00sec    3hrs 55min 00sec

50-54     3hrs 30min 00sec      4hrs 00min 00sec

55-59     3hrs 40min 00sec    4hrs 10min 00sec

60-64    3hrs 55min 00sec      4hrs 25min 00sec

65-69    4hrs 10min 00sec     4hrs 40min 00sec

70-74    4hrs 25min 00sec    4hrs 55min 00sec

75-79    4hrs 40min 00sec     5hrs 10min 00sec

80 and over 4hrs 55min 00sec  5hrs 25min 00sec

*Unlike previous years, an additional 59 seconds will NOT be accepted for each age group time standard.

Notice the time changes between qualifying for 2012 & 2013?
I'm really wanting to branch out in to the world of marathons...and gain the title of "marathon-er"...but I find it so flipping intimidating, to the point that I have yet to really start training for any. I know that I should probably just register for a half, that way it's on the calendar, I have a specific date & just need to get on the ball!

Have you completed a marathon or a half? Any tips for a newbie?

In other news...I'm still a very red shade of...RED. In case you missed is the post from Saturday.

I plan on getting a longer run in today, in honor of the Boston Marathon...cheesy? Maybe. Make sure to do some sort of exercise today! Aim for a minimum of 30 minutes of activity. Your body will thank you!


fitRN said...

Yay! Too bad we don't get today off :) my only suggestion is to increase distance gradually, or time you are running gradually. 5 minutes more is not that intimidating, but it adds a half mile-ish :) oh, and train with a friend :) misery loves company!

Anonymous said...

I ran my first Half Marathon this past December and I plan to run my second Half this October, I'm still not sure I can do a full marathon, I'm planning to see how the Half Marathon goes in October.