BQ Questions

I've got two questions for you.

The 2010 Boston marathon is full. Wah! Wah! OK, I'm over it! ; )

I'm 44 and will turn 45 next October. The qualifying time for a 44yo woman is 3:50 and for a 45yo is 4:00.

The qualifying results you get from late September (for example: 2009) until the next year around November (for example: 2010) or whenever the marathon fills up will be good for the next Boston marathon (for example: 2011) and the next (2012). Am I right on this part?

When I turn 45 in 2010, even if I qualified when I was 44 (like in January '10 at the Houston marathon), I only need to qualify with a 4 hour time to run in 2011 or 2012. Am I right on this? 'Cause when I cross the finish line, I want to know if I BQ'ed and I might not make it in 3:50. I've read the FAQ page at the Boston marathon site and it looks like I've got it right.

I'm still trying for 3:50. I'm not giving up!

Comments

  1. Sounds like you've got it down about the qualifying and the dates! YES you can do 3:50! I tell you, it's all about the tempo runs and the long runs on the weekends...make sure you're running a solid 7 mile tempo at your 1/2 marathon pace a couple of weeks before the marathon. It works, you'll do it!! I did an over 4 hour marathon for my first marathon and then qualified the next, just from the tempo runs, I KNOW IT! You've checked the McMillian pacing chart right?
    YOU CAN DO IT!

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  2. Thanks, Meg! I'll be sure to put that 7 mile tempo run on my schedule.

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  3. You can DO IT!
    And can you believe y'all are supposed to get snow??? It snowed here this morning and we all flipped out. Snow!

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  4. I didn't know you had snow! I'm ready for it... I think!

    Is snow very cold to run in?! I want to run about 10 miles on Friday.

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  5. I got a little confused by your question, but I still know the answer because we are the same age. :) You qualify for Boston based on the age you will be during the Boston Marathon you want to run in (e.g. 2011). The part that confused me is that I don't think you can qualify for 2012 in January of 2010; I'm not positive but I think you can only qualify about 18 months before the Boston date. Also, the qualifying time for age 45 is actually 4:00:59... :) Hmmm...guess I should have tried that 7-mile tempo run...too late now!

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  6. You can do 3:50!! So excited for you!

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  7. Kristin, thanks for making that point about the 18 months! So a January 2010 BQ only gets you into Boston in 2011 (since 2010 is full) and you've only got 18 months. Now I think I'm all cleared up!

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  8. i am not sure exactly on the 'rules' - they are pretty muddy!

    i thought though, that a late-fall qualifier (say, 2009) counted towards the next year (2010) and the year after (2011). i don't think they've factored in whether or not the next year's race was full or not (like it is now), but maybe they will account for that in the future?

    also, i haven't encountered the age-group change yet, so i have no clue there. sounds like you are right though that you can run a sub-4 and it count for a boston when you are officially 45. however, i know you'll get the 3:50 anyway so this question does not really need to be answered :)

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  9. I learned that it was closed a couple weeks ago and was also disappointed. But it did give me a sense of relief too that I have a full year to qualify (although I thought that last year too).

    Whatever age you are in the year you plan to run is what you need to qualify for.

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  10. Yes, that's right, you'd need a 4-hour - it's the time you'd be on RACE DAY :).

    You have 18 months to enter Boston after qualifying so these fall and early winter races are good for two years. Double smilie there :):).

    Go for the 3:50 though, you can do it!

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  11. You can do 3:50! I hope you are enjoying the snow! My company has an office in Houston and they closed a few hours ago because of the weather!

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  12. Tina - you can SSOOOOOO run 3:50. Meg is right, tempo runs. I had many factors that helped at St. George, but tempos were a BIG part of it. I think. I made sure to be consistent with them leading up to race day. On my schedule I had a tempo every 9 days.

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