I posted in July about my growing conundrum about whether or not I was going to register for Boston 2017. After posting about it, I didn't really give it much thought until a few weeks ago when the Instagram posts started counting down to this week, registration week. At that point, I had ALMOST made up my mind that I was NOT going to do it. There was a blip earlier this week where I thought "Maybe????" when last year's training partner Facebook message harassed me about joining her :)
But I'm sticking with my original decision which is NOT running Boston in 2017.
Reason 1: My heart is not in it
At first blush, this may seem crazy, but this is not the first time where I have qualified for, and subsequently passed on, running the Boston Marathon. Of the 7 marathons I have run, 5 were BQs. The first time I qualified for Boston, I ran it. That first BQ was a major goal of mine after moving to a new city (Chicago) in my 20s and wanting to get back into running after a long on again, off again relationship with it through college and grad school.
I toyed with the marathon after Boston 2007 and gave that distance up for several years because I would under train and be dissatisfied with my performance.
Then, after my second child was born, I was in my mid-30s and dying to do it again. Could I do it? YES I COULD! My 4th BQ led to running my 2nd Boston Marathon last year - two major goals of mine from the last two years checked off the list.
To me, qualifying for and running the Boston Marathon has been a challenge that I have given myself during some points of transition in my life. I don't really have a big transition that I'm facing right now, and maybe that is why the Boston Marathon just isn't making my heart sing this year. Last year I was in full countdown mode for registration, I was planning my life around this marathon. This year...meh.
The Boston Marathon is amazing. In so many ways. I don't know if this will make sense but I sort of want to save it for times when I really NEED it.
Reason 2: Time
Guess what. It takes a ton of freakin' time to train for a marathon. For this reason, I only really can mentally handle about one marathon a year at this point in my life. My husband can really only mentally handle about one marathon a year, and he is a critical key to getting training in with two kids. Would I like to be one of those runners that is tackling marathons all the time? Sometimes. But that is not my current life. So if I am going to do one marathon next year (which is still a goal of mine), I want it to be a new one. A new course. A new experience. Who knows how long I will be running marathons? I might as well tackle some other ones on my to-run list while I can. Also, I have to be cognizant of my PPL bank at work, which unfortunately for me, is not endless :(
Reason 3: Expense
Boston is really expensive, particularly when you take your family. Of course, plenty of other marathons that I want to run are still expensive so if I'm going to drop a lot of dough, I'd rather go to a new destination.
When it came down to it, I think the only reason I wanted to run it was to join in the hullabaloo of this week on social media. Which is a dumb freakin' reason.
So, no Boston for me next year. HOWEVER, I have goals people. And the 3:15 (or faster) marathon is at the top of that list. Stay tuned.