It was a very Salty Cherry Blossom 10 miler this weekend! American women took 7th through 10th, including two Saltines! Emma Bates was 7th, followed by Spearmint, Rue, and Alphine Tuliamuk. PLUS Tea in 25th and Pesto 28th! Read more >>
It’s the first day of registration for the 122nd Boston Marathon, scheduled for April 16, 2018. Starting at 10 a.m. EST today, Sept. 11, 2017, runners who exceeded their qualifying time by 20 minutes can sign up. Those who ran at least 10 minutes faster than their qualifying time can begin registering on Wednesday. If spaces remain, those who beat their time by 5 minutes can register on Friday, and on Saturday registration will open to all who hit their time.
The qualifying window has been open for nearly an entire year, and seven months until Marathon Monday means there is a lot of time for life to get in the way of some runners’ big Boston goals. Imagine, for instance, that you were to find out between now and then that you were pregnant.
Like many races, Boston does not offer deferrals to runners for any reason, including pregnancy. If you register and find out the next day that you’re pregnant? You’re SOL, sister. Found out two weeks after your qualifier that you’re due mid-October? You can roll the dice and hope you’re ready in April, or skip 2018 and try to qualify again later.
Sure, we all remember that lady who ran the Chicago Marathon and gave birth hours later, but that is the exception, not the rule. If you’ve been trying to qualify for years, which is not uncommon, a pregnancy could put off your chances of being fit enough to qualify again for months or even years.
The BAA might think its one-size-fits-all policy is fair — but since only 45% of last year’s field can possibly become pregnant, is that actually the case? After all, if a man gets a woman pregnant, his body will not be affected, nor would his ability to race come April 16.
Tell us what you think:
- Is the BAA’s no deferrals for any reason policy fair?
- Should women be able to defer their Boston marathon if they find out they’re pregnant after registering? What about women who qualify and find out they’re pregnant before registration?
Well shit, it’s been a month and I’m still putting off writing a Boston race report. I think it’s fairly safe to say that a conventional one won’t be surfacing in the near future. Now fully rested and recovered, I’ve spent some time reflecting on what the heck happened out there. Four weeks later, I’ve managed to identify a few
excuses factors that contributed to a disappointing race:
- It was really warm, even more so than predicted.
- A “friend” unloaded a bunch of shit on me the week leading into the race which left me feeling sick to my stomach — it couldn’t have waited one more week?!
- It just wasn’t my day.
While yes, my Boston Marathon did not go as planned, the 2017 Boston Marathon was not a total failure — not even close! Read more >>
Hi everyone! After a lot of thought, I’ve changed my online identity to better reflect who I am on every level. Instead of Olive, you can call me Happiest Healthiest Hungriest Running Mama, or HHHRM for short.
As you all know — and if you don’t, you will soon be reminded every day for the rest of eternity — I recently raced my first Boston Marathon. Here’s a quick recap and what I’ve been up to since the race.
Oh yeah, while I qualified very, very easily, I was given a free entry to the BAA 5K and the Boston Marathon by Krispy Kreme, who selected me for its inspiring Donut-Eaters of Boston Team. A quick #thankyou to the Krispy Kreme for helping get me here!!!!!!
#krispykreme #beboston #donutsofboston #imhot #bostonstrong #bostonmarathon #teamjelly
The week before the race, my doctor told me that I have three stress fractures, but he also said this is no big deal and I can totally still race. #blessed
I was one of those women carried by heroes in the photos from the 2017 Boston Marathon. This is my story.*
My cheek pressed to the pavement. “Damn,” I said to myself. “I have no excuse. I know better and should have been more prepared.”
I was at mile 11 of the Boston Marathon and a raging disaster of a leg cramp had sent me stumbling across an entire traffic lane of Central Street just past the Natick city limits, tripping on another runner’s shoe in the process and culminating in an epic face plant. I thought I could see the 20k up ahead. If I got up and ate a salt tab there would be a water station nearby and I’d be fine to finish.
Then, as if out of nowhere, large hands were hoisting me up. “Thanks, I think I got it. I just need …”
“It’s okay, I’ve got you from here miss!” a burly man shouted into my face as he held me to his side with one arm. Read more >>
It’s hard to put the experiences of the weekend into words. No really, I’ve rewritten this introduction three times already. If I had to sum it up, I’d say this: I laughed, I cried, I never looked at my watch, and I’ll never forget a single mile.
But let’s start at the beginning. I ran the race with my best friend, Maria, who moved to California a few years ago. She is in the middle of ultra training, and while she’s a stronger marathoner than I am, she was un-tapered for this race, using it as a training run. I wanted to enjoy the Boston experience and didn’t really care about my time, so our goal was simply to finish happy. Read more >>
These past few days the running world has been focused on one thing: the Boston Marathon, Marathon Monday, the best running day of the year. And for the past three years I’ve been a part of it. The first year was amazing. On my way to the expo, I cried when I saw the finish line, when I picked up my bib and as I marveled that I finally earned the right to be there. The second year was hot and tough and I don’t remember most of the race except for feeling grateful to have finished.
This time, I wasn’t certain I would go. My mom was dying, it was Easter weekend, and how many years in a row could I justify spending that much money and time for a race? But for the first time ever, my best running buddy and I were both qualified at the same time. After almost 14 years and thousands of miles together, how could we not run Boston together? Read more >>
Rachel Hannah’s love for running developed about an hour north of Toronto in Barrie, Ontario, where she grew up. It all began on a 200 meter gravel track in fourth grade, where she and her classmates counted laps with popsicle sticks they had decorated, until they had run the equivalent of a trip around the world.
Twenty years later, she’s a graduate of Georgia State where she ran D1 cross-country and track, a Canadian national champion, and a registered dietician. In 2015 she ran her marathon debut, finishing in 2:33:30. She’s settled into a new hometown, Toronto, where she trains with New Balance Canada to represent her country in races like Monday’s Boston Marathon. There, Rachel was the only Canadian running in the elite field and she finished in 2:41:22, 23rd woman overall.
Rachel is someone who’s long inspired me and I’m pretty sure she’ll inspire you too.
Happy Marathon Monday! Today, let’s dish about all things Boston. We’re celebrating Hops’ awesome performance at the BAA 5k and gearing up to cheer for Pesto, Olive, Dill, Fennel, Wintergreen, and Des, of course. And we want to hear from you, no matter who you are!
Are You Racing Today?
Are you reading this waiting to start in Hopkinton? What are your goals today? What’s your number? We’ll track and cheer for you!
or Tracking Besties?
Are you pretending to work while tracking your buddies running today? Who are they and what are you hoping for them?
or Betting on the Winners?
Think Des has a shot? Will Jordan come out and stun in her first marathon? Is Galen healthy enough to mix it up with the leaders? How will Meb sing his swan song?
or Hope to Get There Someday?
Are you hoping to make it to Boston? How hard have you tried? What would it mean to you to make it?
Whoever you are, tell us how you feel about Boston!
♦And join us tonight at 8:00 p.m. Eastern, 5:00 p.m. Pacific on Twitter for a very special Boston Marathon edition of #SaltyChat! We’ll rehash the race and give our favorite BQ tips and more!♦
This Sunday is the Christian religious holiday Easter and the day after that is Marathon Monday, the special holiday made for the Boston Marathon (or something). While some runners have made numerous comparisons between running and religion, strangely not much has been said about the correlation between Easter candy and the marathon, except maybe this.
More specifically, there are some very interesting similarities between an Easter favorite, the Cadbury Creme Egg, and a marathon favorite, the Boston Marathon. Don’t believe me? See below. Read more >>
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It’s one of those Midwest spring days, the ones 30 degrees cooler than the day before, with pouring rain that chilled more than snow as it drummed down on rows of sleepy mid-century cottages and split-levels. It’s the kind of day where nobody wants to stand around outside, particularly not on a Saturday morning after a hard 0-dark-thirty workout that didn’t go exactly as planned. But there is Desiree Linden, a two-time Olympic marathoner, bundled up with coffee in hand, sleepily shouting “Good job!” to participants in the Bill Roney 5k.
It doesn’t take much for Des’s husband, Ryan to get her to smile and gin up a little enthusiasm despite the conditions and her lingering angst about the workout, which had gone ever-so-slightly awry.
What brings Des to this rainy street corner in suburban Detroit, three weeks before she hopes to win the Boston Marathon? Read more >>
I’ve run the Boston Marathon twice, once in 2014 and then again in 2016. Both times, I ran my qualifying race a few days before finding out I was pregnant. And both times, with the amount of time between qualifiers and Marathon Monday, I went to Boston while breastfeeding an infant. (I got smart this year and opted for the BAA 5k, just in case!)
It was a blessing and a curse, I tell you! One blessing was that I learned a lot about breastfeeding and racing Boston. In addition to planning out my fueling and hydration stops, I had to consider how I’d deal with the certain engorgement caused by the hours I’d be separated from my baby while waiting in Athlete’s Village and running the race.
I experimented a little and approached how I tended to my boobs at each Boston differently. If you find yourself lactating in Boston, let me offer up some tips, fun facts, and things I learned about breastfeeding and the Boston Marathon. We’ll call it the secrets of the lactating mother runner.
Are you a runner who, despite running marathon after marathon has struggled to qualify for Boston? Perhaps you’ve been plagued by one injury after another? Have you become fixated on the amount calories burned on the treadmill? Or have you been so hung up on race times that when conditions have not been right you have lacked the confidence to execute what your training has prepared you for? If you can relate to any of these things, then you can relate to Elizabeth Clor.
By morning Elizabeth is an avid runner. By day she works as a marketing professional. By evening she is a writer, wife, and pianist with an awesome zebra obsession. Recently, she added the “competed in the Boston Marathon” to her long list of accomplishments. Boston was the final destination of an eight-year journey. Along the way she learned to overcome mental obstacles and injuries, adapt to conditions as they change, and to enjoy the process.
In her recently released book, Boston Bound, Elizabeth shares her journey from her Boston Qualifier to the Boston Marathon. Spoiler alert: The weather was horrendous, but was she devastated? No. For Elizabeth, running Boston was a proxy for so much more.
Last Monday, registration for the 2017 Boston Marathon began, first for those who exceeded their qualifying standard by more than 20 minutes, then a few days later by 10 minutes, and then five minutes and so forth. This week marks the end of the rolling registration process for runners who have run less than five minutes faster than their qualifying times. For these runners the week will be filled with angst and crossed fingers, hoping their times will be fast enough to get in.
You see, simply running a qualifying time is not enough anymore. Running a time only qualifies you to APPLY for registration, with the fastest applicants getting accepted. After the 2011 registration period, qualifying times were tightened by five minutes for each age group and for the 2016 race, marathoners needed a qualifier that was at least two minutes and 28 seconds faster than their qualifying time to actually race in Boston. Wow!
We want to know what you think!
- Is the current system fine?
- Or should the BAA increase the field size so all qualifiers can compete or tighten the standards?
- If the BAA tightens the standards should they do so for both men and women or, as some argue, are the standards too soft for women as compared to men?
Early last Sunday morning, we huddled around our computers and TVs to spectate the ultimate in women’s running: the 2016 Olympic Marathon. We watched amazing athletes from across the globe run 26.2 miles at paces many of us can’t even hold for one. The race culminated with a stunning finish, Kenyan Jemima Sumgong crushing Bahrain’s Eunice Kirwa with her finishing kick. In the team showings, for the first time ever, three members of Team USA finished in the top ten, the only nation other than Japan to have ever achieved that feat.
Watching these runners is awe inspiring, but, with this being the ninth Olympic women’s marathon, I’m reminded that it wasn’t so long ago that there wasn’t a women’s Olympic Marathon at all. In fact, not that long ago women couldn’t even enter any marathon. But thanks to the unlikely champion of women’s running, the makeup company Avon, women the world over run marathons, including the 133 world-class athletes who finished the 2016 Olympic Marathon in Rio. Read more >>
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