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.
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.
|18-34||3hrs 05min 00sec||3hrs 35min 00sec|
|35-39||3hrs 10min 00sec||3hrs 40min 00sec|
|40-44||3hrs 15min 00sec||3hrs 45min 00sec|
|45-49||3hrs 25min 00sec||3hrs 55min 00sec|
|50-54||3hrs 30min 00sec||4hrs 00min 00sec|
|55-59||3hrs 40min 00sec||4hrs 10min 00sec|
|60-64||3hrs 55min 00sec||4hrs 25min 00sec|
|65-69||4hrs 10min 00sec||4hrs 40min 00sec|
|70-74||4hrs 25min 00sec||4hrs 55min 00sec|
|75-79||4hrs 40min 00sec||5hrs 10min 00sec|
|80 and over||4hrs 55min 00sec||5hrs 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.