Getting Older Brings Me One Step Closer to Boston!

Posted on in Health + Lifestyle, Sports + Training by Corrine Casanova
Corrine Casanova celebrating marathon #12 in Napa, CA

Corrine Casanova celebrating marathon #12 in Napa, CA

Did you know that to run the Boston marathon you can't simply pay the entrance fee and run it? You need to qualify for it! They only want the cream of the crop. While I have endurance, I don't have speed (but I'm working on it!) On my bucket list is to run the Boston Marathon. According to my calculations, I'll need to wait until I'm in the age 65-69 age group. If I can run a marathon in four hours and forty minutes at that age, I'll be in! But in order to achieve that, I simply need to keep on running. Each birthday means I'm one step closer to my dream!

People like to do all kinds of crazy things when they have landmark birthdays. Maybe it's going to Vegas with their friends to whoop it up and test the slogan, What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas or maybe they want to go on that dream vacation to New Zealand. While I see the appeal of both of these, I want to give myself a more lasting gift each year - the gift of fitness and feeling part of a community. I have made a commitment to myself - keep active, no matter what. My definition of active may change as I age, but I will commit to being active. For me, a great way to enforce that commitment is to join other like minded individuals.

These are four of my teammates who are gearing up for the Boston Marathon. Not only are they fast, they are fun, and they take their running very seriously!

These are four of my teammates who are gearing up for the Boston Marathon. Not only are they fast, they are fun, and they take their running very seriously!

As a good friend pointed out, "You are who you hang out with!" I am a very social person who is energized by others so I find it difficult to motivate and push myself when I am alone. So, I splurged and joined TWO different groups to keep me on the path to fitness. I joined crossfit and a running group with actual coaches! Although I pay a monthly fee for the privilege of being coached, it is money well spent. The people I "hang out with" are motivational beyond belief. In fact, four runners from my team are running the Boston Marathon this year. (I'm so excited for them and can't wait to hear about their adventures). Even though these runners are always in the front of the pack, they are always encouraging us runners at the back of the pack. It truly is a team effort.

Are you interested in what it would take to get to run the Boston Marathon? Check out this handy dandy chart below. What I like about it is that they take into consideration your gender and age. It truly does make the aging process not quite so painful.






18-343hrs 05min 00sec3hrs 35min 00sec
35-393hrs 10min 00sec3hrs 40min 00sec
40-443hrs 15min 00sec3hrs 45min 00sec
45-493hrs 25min 00sec3hrs 55min 00sec
50-543hrs 30min 00sec4hrs 00min 00sec
55-593hrs 40min 00sec4hrs 10min 00sec
60-643hrs 55min 00sec4hrs 25min 00sec
65-694hrs 10min 00sec4hrs 40min 00sec
70-744hrs 25min 00sec4hrs 55min 00sec
75-794hrs 40min 00sec5hrs 10min 00sec
80 and over4hrs 55min 00sec5hrs 25min 00sec


Maybe your fitness goals do not include running the Boston Marathon or even running long distance. I've discovered I like the longer marathon distance because I am a slow runner. I have lots of endurance, but not much speed so it kind of works for me and I'm a late bloomer. I began running at age 42. But, looking at this Boston qualifying chart makes me realize I have many years left as a runner. And that makes me happy. Being a slow runner on a fast racing team does have its challenges and I'll address those next month and provide tips on how to keep going when the body says, "Enough!" Until then, I'd love to hear from you about what motivates you to keep active in your life.

Corrine Casanova

Corrine has lived in Minnesota all her life, but moved to Nevada in 2010. She is an amateur runner who began running at the age of 42. She is now preparing for her 14th marathon.

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