Sunday, April 15, 2012

Boston Marathon Deferral

It is going to be a hot race tomorrow.  Here is the forecast for tomorrow morning's Boston Marathon.
This definitely does not look like an easy race, at all!  Yesterday, the BAA announced that qualified runners could now defer their entry to next year because of the weather forecast.  Defer my Boston entry?!  Believe me, it is tempting.  Other than my entry fee and clothing purchased at the expo, I really haven't spent much money going into this race.  I didn't purchase a plane ticket or pay for hotel rooms.  I could easily defer and know that my ticket to Boston will be stamped for sure in the fall.

But, I can't do it!  I decided about 7 weeks ago that I was OK with not running a fast Boston.  I am running Boston to take in my reward of qualifying in January of 2011.  I will slow it down and run this as a long run in preparation for Vermont.  (I was regretting my decision to register for a marathon so close to Boston and now I am thankful I have a race scheduled for 6 weeks later.)  My decision was also made a little easier made by the fact that I am qualified for 2013.  My time may not get me in now with all the deferrals, but I have faith that I will get int.  I am going to run by my heart rate and keep my heart rate at a safe number.  I always wear a water belt and plan on walking through all water stops, making sure to drink extra.  My time goals are out, but I am hoping to get this thing done in not much more than four hours as I don't wan to be out there all day.  My time won't be great, but I will be a Boston Marathon finisher.

I have also adjusted what I was planning on wearing.  I wanted to wear my new run club uniform:

But the shirt is too thick and too dark.  Luckily, I had ordered the new Brooks Women's D'lite Micro Mesh Racerback.

I have never seen a tank like this when I received it, I wondered when I would ever wear it.  Now I am thinking it was made for the Boston Marathon 2012.  This tank is mesh and very thin.  It is the closest thing you can wear that isn't just your sports bra.  I am too self conscious to wear just a bra tomorrow, but feel this is the perfect alternative.  It is very breathable and luckily I had worn it on a few test runs so know that it can handle the distance.  Thank you Brooks Running for coming out with a summer tank that is much more breathable than any other tanks that I have found!  

So yes, I am ready for tomorrow.  I am incredibly excited to experience the Boston Marathon.  I did take it all in at the expo this weekend.  I went both Friday and Saturday as I love to hit the expo twice leading up to a race.  I bought all things Boston and will wear my new purchases with pride tomorrow afternoon.  And I had to get my race number picture that I have been waiting to do for years:


I also stood in line to meet Dean!!


Today I am going to brunch with some FitFluential girls and hoping to get some finish line pictures.  Then I will chill out for the rest of the day.  I am so ready for this!

And if you are interested in tracking the not so exciting race, I am #14187 and you can set up online tracking.  My sister will also be out there volunteering and then tracking me so you can follow her on Twitter.

Good luck to those who do decide to run.  Please take it easy and enjoy the experience that is Boston!

17 comments:

Malinda Ann Hill said...

Good luck! :-)

Heidi Henry said...

Good luck! You're going to do awesome!!!

Morgan @ Life After Bagels said...

Have a great race!!!

Lisa said...

I'm with you! I too traded in the darker/heavier top I'd planned on and also bought a Brooks top that's lighter/lighter color. Armed with gatorade, GU, and salt tabs.....AND the right attitude for this type of day, I expect to be just fine. It won't be easy, but it never is anyway!

I hope you have a great day - whatever defines "great" in 80+ temps :)

Jolene said...

Excited to see you today! And I think you are making a wise choice given you are staying in the race and not deferring (SO tempting, I bet. Man, I think I might do it if it were me!). I am excited to watch you tomorrow, virtually! Following your sister now on Twitter! Awesome! You will do so well, no matter what, because you will finish, and you won't have time as a pressure point. Good luck!

AmyC said...

Sounds like you are playing it smart. Have a great time running AND FINISHING on Monday. I'll be cheering for you via Twitter!

PS - cute running outfit ;)

Misszippy1 said...

Hey--sounds like everything lined up perfectly for you. That top is perfect! I think I'll be taking mine off mid-way through and frightening the crowds. I have the skirt, btw, and it is perfect also.

Good luck tomorrow--run safe!

Jill said...

Good luck Robin! You have a great attitude and great plan in place, you are going to do great. I'll be out there with you!

{lifeasa}RunningMom said...

Good luck and run smart!

Laura said...

Great plan, Robin! I'm so glad you have another marathon lined up so you can take it easy and not stress about the heat. Have an amazing time!!

Michelle said...

I wouldn't be able to defer either! LOVE the outfit. I need to look into those tops - perfect for running in Florida in the summer.

Good luck tomorrow -- I hope you enjoy every minute of your race!! I'll be cheering you on (online ) :)

Jen said...

Your outfit rocks!!!!! Enjoy your race tomorrow. I'll be looking for you.

Ty said...

I am glad you are running it and running it safe. For those of us that qualified, but weren't fast enough to get in, it's tough to see the deferrals piling up. This raises the possibility of needing BQ minus ten minutes to get in the race in 2013. Aren't these supposed to be the best runner's in the world? That drop out ratio seems skewed by the charity runners. Chicago has much hotter races and went ahead with precautions. I'm losing faith in the BAA and seeing that New York may surpass Boston as the race that runners will target to qualify for. Best of luck tomorrow and more importantly, in Vermont.

Alicia Hansen said...

Very excited for you! Just be careful out there tomorrow and have fun!

RunningMandy said...

Very exciting! Have a fun race tomorrow!

Liana@runtomunch said...

Good luck tomorrow!!!!!

Love the running skirt!

-liana

MCM Mama said...

Good luck! Have a fun time and hydrate well!