Qualifying for Boston can be the proudest achievement of a runner’s life. But for most runners, the struggle to qualify ends in disappointment.
You’ve probably experienced it yourself. Over-training, injuries, frustration with stagnant marathon times. You might even be wondering if you’re wasting your time.
It wasn’t that long ago that I was in this exact situation. I knew I wanted to get to Boston — no question about it, I was committed. But there was one problem.
Marathon training was hard! My first marathon took me 4 hours and 53 minutes, over 100 minutes slower than what I needed to qualify for Boston! And worse, every time I started to train for another one, I just kept getting injured again.
So when the came that I did finally qualify for Boston and earn that Confirmation of Acceptance with my name on it — my spot in the world’s best marathon — you can imagine how amazing it was to see just how far I had come, to have accomplished what I had dreamed about for so long and worked so hard for.
I realized that qualifying for Boston wasn’t about talent (clearly, I didn’t have much to begin with), or even sticking to some crazy training schedule that nobody with a job and a family could realistically do — instead, it was about little things, done correctly and in the right order to stay healthy and consistent, and having the mindset that says you WILL find a way to make it happen.
So after my running blog found an audience, I got the idea that I could help others qualify too, by sharing what I learned about how to take massive time off your marathon and get to Boston. Then I met Jason Fitzgerald, a USA Track and Field certified running coach, 2:39 marathoner (!), and an admitted running nerd, and we knew we could create something pretty special, to help other runners qualify for Boston like we had done.