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Like Christmas for Runners


It’s a day I’ve been waiting for for a long time. A day that motivated me to run the fastest marathon of my life last spring. A day that seemed so far away in March, when I crossed the finish line of the National Marathon feeling on top of the world.


Today is the day I can finally register for the 2012 Boston Marathon.

And I know runners from all over are going to be watching to see what happens.

Ever since Boston announced its new registration system in February, there’s been a lot of buzz and speculation about what will happen during registration this year. Would it still fill up on the first day? Would people who ran a time just under the qualifying standard still be able to register? Many were upset and frustated by this change, thinking it meant that they had lost all chances to ever be able to run Boston.

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I can understand this. I know that changing the registration process and the qualifying standards has caused many runners’ chances of ever qualifying go down. It’s the sad reality of it all.

But since I had qualified before and wanted to do so again, I heard about the change and just got more motivated. I saw it as a new challenge. When it was announced that people who ran a marathon 20 minutes faster than the qualifying standard would get to register first, I knew without a doubt that I wanted to be one of those people.

Running 3:18 at National was as exciting as the very first time I ever qualified for Boston. And, just like the first time, I’ve been dreaming of marathon registration day ever since. In a way, I feel more excited to register than anything else. Don’t get me wrong – I love Boston and I can’t wait to run it again in 2012. But today is a {very pricey} reward for all my hard work. I have never been so excited to drop $150 (ouch).

I know others of you are not as excited. There are many out there who are nervous about whether or not they’ll even get the chance to sign up. To those of you who are in this position – I’m sorry. I really am. I wish that everyone who qualified had the opporunity to run Boston (like it used to be!). I will be keeping my fingers crossed that registration stays open long enough that those who ran just under the standard will at least get the chance to apply.

But no matter what happens, please remember – a BQ is still a BQ. As Dorothy wrote – NO one can take your BQ away from you. Regardless of whether or not you get to run Boston next year, if you qualified, I hope you wear that BQ with pride. I know all the hard work and dedication it takes to qualify. So flaunt that BQ wherever you go. No matter what.

Is anyone else planning on registering today? Or trying to register later this week or next?


41 Responses to Like Christmas for Runners

  1. I am hoping to but I doubt it will still be open by my time :( fingers crossed though. Will they post online when it’s reached the limit?

    • My fingers are crossed for you as well!! I have no idea how they’re going to update it. I don’t really think people even know what’s going to happen today. I’m really interested to see how it all plays out (and hoping for a positive outcome for you!).

  2. Good luck registering, Lauren! Click fast and have your credit card ready :)
    This is not a very fun day for me, but I’m trying to look at it as an opportunity to be fortunate that I was able to run it for the last 4 years in a row, the last 2 years with a number, and now it’s someone else’s turn. It is a tough reality that they changed the registration process, but they had reasons for it. I do really feel for people who just qualified for the first time and now may never get to run it…but I love the “no one can take your BQ away from you” idea. You’re right, it’s no less of an amazing accomplishment.
    I’m also trying to remember that one race cannot be my only motivation to run and train for marathons. It’s about something a lot deeper than BQing for me, and I need to keep that in mind.
    Again, good luck and I am really happy for you! You worked hard and earned your spot in Hopkinton!!
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    • I’m really sorry you’re in this spot Corey. I know how bummed you are about it. But I’m hoping that it will stay open long enough for you to be able to register. Positive thinking, right??

  3. Nope, because I haven’t qualified! But, hopefully one day….

    Also, what a fabulous accomplishment to be “one of those” who is 20 min faster than the standard! Truly amazing.

    I agree though, the BAA changing their standards has made me raise my goals higher (ie changed my marathon goal from 3:40 to 3:35). It makes me want to work harder and I think that is an overall good thing.

    Practice your clicking and maybe memorize the credit card number! hahaha
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  4. Good luck Lauren! I know you’ll be running Boston 2012! I was so sad for you when you weren’t able to register last year, and I am so impressed you kicked National’s booty so you’ll likely have a spot this year.

    It’s still my dream to run Boston too. I’ll probably be 65 by th time I BQ though, and that’s fine by me 😉

  5. So exciting!!! I’ll be thinking of you at 10!

    And, question: Let’s say your registration goes through (which it WILL) and you’re all set to run Boston next year. Will you be requiring fans on race day? If so, here are my qualifications:

    1. Great at jumping and screaming.
    2. Great at spotting runners.
    3. Great at post-race drinking.

    Let me know. Game on.
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  6. yay!! i love “nearest computer” I know you have a long and sordid history with the BAA and I’m glad you’re overcoming that to kick ass in 2012. And I’d like to ditto everything Ali said above, plus we are both excellent at sporting bright and flashy cheerleading apparel!

  7. Very exciting, Lauren! I hope you can register!!
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    • I was able to register! It’s not official, though, until they can verify my time. I think it should go through without any problem but of course I’ll feel a little anxious until I get that official confirmation.

  8. Hooray!! I just signed up for Boston (or submitted my application or whatever they’re calling it till it’s official…)

    I would love to meet you in person on the starting line and since our PRs are similar (3:18 club, wooo!) perhaps we could even run together during the race!! Okay, this is 7 months away. I am getting way ahead of myself, but I’m really looking forward to the training and racing process :) I haven’t been able to say that about a big race for a long time…
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    • I’m so excited that you also signed up!!! I can’t wait to meet you at the starting line (if I don’t get to before then)…and maybe even run WITH you during the race! That would be amazing.

      I have to admit that I’m way more excited about Boston than I am about MCM, which is only a little more than a month away. Oops.

  9. HOORAY! Congrats on registering. I just submitted my entry, as well. A bit nerve-wracking until it’s officially submitted, but it’s in. It will be my first Boston and I’m so excited…and hopefully getting to meet you, too! :)
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    • And congrats to you too! I just got my confirmation – hopefully you’ll receive yours soon too (if you haven’t already).

      It’s so exciting that this is your first Boston! And I can’t wait to meet you!!

  10. Congrats! What an exciting day : )
    I plan to qualify for 2013 but need to drop about 30 minutes off my PR. Any suggestions would be helpful to do so.

    • Thanks!

      I know it’ll probably be tough but I bet you can do it. I’d love to talk marathon training with you any time – and can tell you what I did to drop my time down. Just let me know if you have specific questions and hopefully I can be helpful!

  11. Congrats! You definitely earned your spot! I just barely qualified which makes me a little sad, but I have no doubt I will get to run Boston one day. I just see it as extra motivation to get faster (in addition to wanting to get faster for its own merits) so I see it as a good thing. If I don’t get in there is a good chance I will still come spectate :)
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    • My fingers are crossed for you!! I hope BAA keeps people updated throughout the week so everyone knows how many spots are left.

  12. The location on your reminder made me laugh. I’m so excited for you and can’t wait to follow along your training and race day.
    I think that someday I could qualify, but never with enough cushion time to get into the race (unless it turns out a lot of people still get in). But I’m ok with that because I feel like faster runners DO deserve it more.
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  13. I like how the location is the nearest computer!
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  14. Congrats!! i can’t wait to cheer you on on race day :)

  15. Fingers crossed that I can register on 9/19! I’m trying to think positive and hope that slots are still available but I know what I’m up against.

    I agree with you and Dorothy though – a BQ is a BQ! I will ALWAYS wear mine with pride!
    Kristy@RunTheLongRoad´s last post ..I Am A Boston Qualifier!

    • Good! I’m glad to hear it!! :) You should be so proud of what you did on Sunday (I’m still super excited for you – there’s nothing like the feeling when you FINALLY BQ!). And of course, my fingers are crossed for you! I’m interested to see how many spots go just after today.

  16. I decided that my 2011 Boston experience was beyond perfect and I never want to tarnish that memory. I’m not sure if I ever will run Boston again, but if I do, I don’t want it to be for years, perhaps I will try to qualify and run every decade? With so many people unable to run last year because of the registration closing in 8 hours, I’d rather someone else get to run the 2012 race that maybe didn’t get to last year, instead of me, so I’m going to do another race instead, I’ve got my eye on Gansett! :) Good luck!!!!
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    • I can totally understand this. I’ve only run Boston once and that one time was pretty amazing. I think running it every year could dampen that a bit…at least for me, anyway. But the big reason why I was so excited to run this year was just because of the new system. Having to shoot for 3:20 instead of 3:40 gave me a new goal to work toward – and it was almost like the first time I qualified all over again. I was excited to sign up just for that reason, and am excited to run it in 2012. But I’m not sure I’d run again in 2013 (assuming I re-qualified).

      On another note, you should definitely do Gansett!! It sounds awesome and I’d love to do it one of these days! I almost thought about doing it this year instead, but changed my mind at the last minute.

  17. Woah, congrats, Lauren! Such exciting news! I’m already looking forward to your race report (yes, I know it will be months away!) :)

  18. Congratulations on that BQ! Fingers crossed for you to get in.

  19. Were you able to register???

    I will {most likely} never run Boston by qualifying — but I am always so thrilled for those of you who are!! I love living vicariously through you speedy runners :) I’m hoping to at least make it up there someday to spectate!
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  20. WIth all the talk about registration I feel like I should have had the day off from work.

    So, are you running Boston 2012 :)
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  21. I’m so excited for you!! You totally earned it :)
    Mile Posts by Dorothy Beal´s last post ..How Should I Wash My Running Clothes?

  22. ahh so excited that you’ve already registered! I am uber, uber jealous. Boston is my goal, even if it won’t happen for another year or so. I go up to watch it every year though, and I am very excited to cheer for you! Maybe with a big obnoxious sign. And a mimosa…
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  23. Congrats LB!!! Can’t wait to cheer for you with Becky : )
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  24. I’m officially in for our three legged race led by Mason! Hopefully we can get him to wear a sparkle skirt. :)

    I definitely think that the registration changes put a strain on people who are trying to qualify…if you want to run it, you have to do more than just qualify! While it doesn’t take away from the glory of BQing, the pressure is on to run even faster to try and get an earlier registration spot. Not to mention the fact that you definitely have to do a spring marathon because most fall marathons are too late for registration. It’s kind of a mess, actually…

    While running Boston is quite awesome, I will say that I was probably more excited when I qualified and registered for the first time than when I actually ran it. The marathon was more like the victory lap as pay off for all the hard work.
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  25. good luck!! i know what it would mean to qualify and then of course want to have that amazing experience!
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  26. Yay!!! Fingers crossed you get in!!
    Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans´s last post ..Work It Out Wednesday: Marathon Training & Weight Loss

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