Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Hobby Jogging: Back to Boston in 2012

Monday was a good day. The past two Mondays have been for that matter. Last Monday, I was able to register for the 2012 Boston Marathon. I was a little worried that my hobbled 3:05:22 from Chicago 2010 wasn't going to be good enough to even get to the Monday open qualifier registration cattle call. I was a little mad initally that I didn't get to register with the 5+ minutes group, as my time was over 5 minutes better than the 3:10:59 open qualifier, but the seconds didn't count for registration purposes. So my BQ with 5:37 to spare was now a BQ with a 4:38 cushion.

No matter though, as this Monday, I got the email from BAA stating: ‎"This is to notify you that your entry into The Boston Marathon on Monday, April 16, 2012 has been accepted." Sweet Relief! Even though I haven't run in 10 days and haven't really been right in 17 months, it felt good to get in. The cutoff ended up being 3:08:46 for the open division, 2:13 under the qualifying standard. I feel bad for those first timers that didn't make it. 

Two of my Raleigh teammates and training partners were already in (Erin Dillon and John Simons), my Greenville training partner was in (Tyler Pake) and many of my other friends and competitors were as well. After missing last year with injury, I am primed to get healthy and improve on my 2:55:04 from Boston 2010. Right now, I am in the middle of a 3-4 week full running layoff to get the shins right and ready for a good long buildup. I know now not to take my running health for granted, as when you're hurt, it's no fun.

One thing I didn't expect to see was good ole Kip Litton's name on the entrants page. It truly amazes me how much traffic my piece on Kip gets every single day. I wrote it over 8 months ago and some days it still gets read over 100 times. People are truly fascinated with this character. I really hope I get to meet him at Boston and thank him for all of the traffic he's generated for the site. Even better, it looks as though the time he registered with was at the Thunder Road Marathon in Charlotte, NC, my hometown. Let's hope someone keeps a watch on him!

Anyways, I can't wait to get back to Boston, and... the Let's Run Message Board Thread on Kip Litton is now up to 88 pages if you want to follow the always developing saga! Onwards and upwards!
The showdown resumes April 16, 2012

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  1. Hopefully the kipster shows up

    1. Pat, you got KIPPED" in 2010.
      Good thing you weren't in 2012!

      Gary krugger holds the record for being "kipped" the most....13 times

  2. he is a cheater!