"This is to notify you that your entry into the 116th Boston Marathon on Monday, April 16, 2012 has been accepted..."
I was shaking at my desk. I cried a little. I immediately called those I needed to tell first, then emailed/tweeted/facebooked the news for all to see. I couldn't believe it. I truly didn't think I was going to make it - in a way, that makes acceptance even sweeter. I celebrated my BQ race back in May, but was also disheartened to know that it might not be good enough to bring me to Hopkinton.
All I could do was my best. That BQ was incredibly important to me, whether it would lead me to Boston 2012 or not. I wanted it, I worked for it and I got it. I crossed that finish line with a BQ time and minutes to spare, screaming and cheering and crying as though I had won the race; it felt like I had.
It is admittedly a little disheartening that I didn't get to say: "I'm going to Boston!" The reality is, I don't believe there is a very good shot that I will actually get in with my time. 3:37 simply may not be good enough for Boston... but it's good enough for me. For now.
Well it turns out I'm going to Boston afterall! A great big thank you to all of you for the kind words, finger- crossing, positive thinking and good vibes over the last several months and especially this past week. Congratulations to everyone else who will be joining me on April 16, 2012, and my heart goes out to those who didn't get good news yesterday.
Unfortunately, hubs is part of that group.
"Thank you for submitting your application for entry into the 2012 Boston Marathon. Regrettably, we are unable to accept your application due to field size limitations and the large number of applications we received from qualified runners.
Entries from applicants in your age group were accepted through and including the time 3:08:46."
My heart breaks that his incredible 3:09:18 time did not get him in, and that we won't get to do this together like we are supposed to.
Of course he has been nothing but supportive and will ensure that I have the best possible experience [by coaching me through another bad-a$$ training plan], but it's just not the same. I know he is just getting started and next time the numbers will be in his favour - I'll just have to make sure I stay fast enough to join him!
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