. . . if someone handed me an entry?
Thanks to Wendy @ Takingthelongwayhome for this blog post inspiration — check out her list of 60 Blog Post for Runners here. I may have to come up with my own list — if I can think of more; Wendy did a great job!
Anyone that reads my blog for a while knows that I put a great deal of thought into most decisions. This one wouldn’t be an easy one. So let’s start off with the good stuff:
- Mr. Judy grew up in Wellesley. It wouldn’t be that hard to twist his arm into going to Boston.
- Boston is within driving distance, which makes the logistics a bit easier to handle.
- Crowd support.
- Dave McGillivray, Race Director Extraordinaire.
- You may have to be fast to qualify for Boston, but the course stays open a long time.
- Bragging rights.
If I ever run a marathon, which is something I put a lot of thought into, actually, I’d, well, put a lot of thought into it:
- The course. OMG, the hills! Obviously I’ve never run Boston. I did do the one and only Runner’s World Heartbreak Half — there I am in the photo above, drenched afterwards, from an unseasonably hot day and pouring water all over myself during the race. The course was partially designed by Dave McGillivray, and it tried to mimic Boston: start with a downhill, Newton hills (including Heartbreak) towards the end. I remember thinking to myself you have to deal with these starting at mile 20? Are you NUTS?????
- The weather. You truly never know what the heck the weather’s going to do: broiling hot or snowing, yup, it all happens.
- Training through Winter. I may run through Winter, and I have trained through Winter, but not all that often. There’s a reason for that — Winter is tough to run through in the Northeast!
- The crowds. I have done huge races a few times. I’m actually okay with big or small, but Mr. Judy is not fond of crowds. And I’m not fond of not being able to find my own running space.
- The expense. I don’t know how much Boston costs, but I’m guessing it’s a lot. Of course, someone is handing me this entry in this scenario, because it’s for darn sure I’m never qualifying on my own, but still.
If a dream doesn’t motivate you to work hard, to get up early and get to bed early, to sometimes make the hard choices between training and going out — maybe it’s not the right dream for you. — Chocolaterunsjudy
It seems as though the pros outweigh the cons, but not by a lot. I have to admit it’s not something I’ve ever given a lot of thought to, because I’m not going to raise that many $$$ or qualify. It’s not my dream.
My dream for a marathon? I don’t really know. I still have that feeling that someday I’d like to tackle one. Right now is not the right time for maybe. Maybe it will never be the right time. Or maybe someday I’ll find my own running space in life and see just what is out there after 18 miles.
Would you do Boston if your entry was paid for and guaranteed?
What’s your dream marathon?
Do you think it would feel as satisfying if you didn’t have to qualify?