Would I run Boston . . .

. . . 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!

The Pros
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:

  1. Mr. Judy grew up in Wellesley. It wouldn’t be that hard to twist his arm into going to Boston.
  2. Boston is within driving distance, which makes the logistics a bit easier to handle.
  3. Crowd support.
  4. Dave McGillivray, Race Director Extraordinaire.
  5. You may have to be fast to qualify for Boston, but the course stays open a long time.
  6. Bragging rights.
Oy! The heat! The hills!

The Cons
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:

  1. 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?????
  2. The weather. You truly never know what the heck the weather’s going to do: broiling hot or snowing, yup, it all happens.
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. 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

Final thoughts
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? 


Linking up with Zenaida Arroyo and Kim @ Kookyrunner

This week I am also joining up with Running on Happy, Suzlyfe, Crazy Running Girl, and Coach Debbie Runs each week for the Coaches’ Corner linkup


When dogs fulfill their roles . . .

. . . they are ecstatically happy


What about you? When you fulfill a dream, are you happy? Do you spend time thinking about how you could have done it faster, easier, or are you already off chasing the next dream?

I know that I’m pretty darn happy after I complete a half marathon — as long as I didn’t get heatstroke or get injured. But I just might be off chasing the next best thing, too. In case you didn’t notice, fulfill is today’s Wednesday Word.

There are several definitions for fulfill, and all of them are good:

1) Fulfill: to do what is required by something

This is a great one for me: I say it over and over — I am not one of those people who can just go out there and run 13.1 miles. I must train for it. And just training isn’t good enough to guarantee a pain free race for me, either: I need to get in a few double digit runs and get to a certain weekly mileage — or I end up injured, from severe to mild.

Being injured is never fun

I haven’t yet figured out what is my sweet spot for weekly mileage that allows me to be properly trained, have the potential for a PR, and remain uninjured. Or even if it varies. The most weekly mileage I ever ran was about 30; eventually, I ended up injured on that plan.

The least was probably this past training cycle, where I topped out at 20 miles. These last few weeks of training, and a little shuteye, have left me feeling pretty strong.

Strong enough to fulfill my desires for a good half marathon? Only time will tell.

Your destiny is to fulfill those things upon which you focus most intently. So choose to keep your focus on that which is truly magnificent, beautiful, uplifting and joyful. Your life is always moving toward something.
–Ralph Marston

2) Fulfill: to succeed in doing or providing

Obviously I plan to complete my upcoming half marathon. It will fulfill my 11th state in my journey to running a half marathon in every state.

Lots of people tick off those states very quickly. I am only 1/5th through after five years. 39 states to go (assuming there is no DNS or DNF). I may or may not achieve this goal, but that brings us to the last definition of fulfill.

3) Fulfill: to succeed in achieving

I do plan to run a half in all 50 states; I’m quite serious about it. It motivates me to keep running, through the heat, the cold, the rain, the snow, the zero dark thirty runs, the solo runs, the lack of sleep . . . you get the picture.

I am also acutely aware of the passing of time. Maybe I won’t succeed in achieving my dream, but I know that I will work darn hard to fulfill it. It’s a challenge, and I love a challenge.

Well, I love most challenges. There are few lately I really could have lived without!

Deb Runs

Tell me in the comments:

What dream would you like to fulfill?

What dream have you already fulfilled?

What has motivated you to fulfill  your dreams?