I have a feeling that my 3:03:27 time at the California International Marathon in December may be enough to run Boston 2017. In 2016, 4,562 qualifying runners were not accepted (of 28,594 time qualifying applicants) and needed to show a time 2:28 seconds faster than their Boston Qualifying (BQ) time. My BQ time was 3:05, meaning I beat my time by 1:33 seconds. The race is April 17, 2017, Patriot’s Day, and will be the 121st running of the marathon. They’ll open registration in September, with the fastest runners getting to register first. I’m still unsure if I’ll be able to register or not, but if I am I have to be ready. I’m starting to train for Boston.
I’ve got a great coach, Sean Coster, and am training at elevation, so I look forward to Heartbreak hill. Sean has me doing a lot of hip work to prepare for my races that’ll lead me to Boston. My races are currently:
- Bix 7: July 30 -362Days -9Hours -44Minutes -52Seconds
- Denver Rock and Roll Half: October 16 -284Days -9Hours -44Minutes -52Seconds
- Honolulu Marathon: December 11 -228Days -9Hours -44Minutes -52Seconds
- February half: TBD
- Boston Marathon: April 17, 2017 -101Days -9Hours -44Minutes -52Seconds
I really like the idea of running this race for a charity and have a history of dedicating my races to a cause. One thing that impacts me about Boston more than other races was the 2013 bombing. You may or may not know that I spent 2010 in Afghanistan looking for bombs and the thought that something like that happened over here is more than enough to compel me to run Boston.
I’m very excited to announce that I’ll be running for the Wounded Warrior Project and my goal is $3000, which is a little less than $10 per day starting today. You can find my fundraising page here. Thank you in advance for all of your support and the continued sacrifices of those in uniform.