Start Spreading the Word
Perhaps this should have been a blog post in and of itself, but it's an event that happened and I didn't even know about it. The New York City marathon is still a close second to Boston in my heart. While 50 states is not something I've got on my bucket list, running each of the world majors is on the list. I've tried and failed at least four times now to get into the New York Marathon via the lottery. Shoulda, coulda, woulda, or
A couple of months ago, a friend of mine posted on her Facebook that she (unbeknownst to her) qualified for the New York City Marathon. She ran a few seconds "over" the qualifying time, submitted her time, and was informed it was a NYQ. Being in the same situation, I emailed the New York Road Runners Association about a half marathon qualifying time of 1:29:18 (which also happens to be my half PR and 18 seconds over the qualifying time) I ran at the Slacker Half Marathon in Colorado. After a few emails back and forth, and "no, I'm not trying to squeek into the 2014 race," the race director confirmed I can now add NYQ to my credentials.
The buzz kill is that that my NYQ won't apply to the 2015 race so I will have to get back into shape and run another 1:29 or better to actually get into an upcoming New York City Marathon. I'm fine with that, as we all need goals to chase after.
My blog name is named after it. There's always a subliminal unicorn dancing in my head (or the occasional "larry the foul-mouthed unicorn" showing up in a blog post. This week, I got an email as many of you did that the Boston Athletic Association will start registration for the Boston Marathon on Monday. Oh happy day! While I had a BQ in my only marathon in 2014 (at Boston,) it was not the sub-3:20 I was shooting for. With the new registration procedure they implemented two years ago, the fastest qualifiers get to register on Monday. Hopefully, I will survive the registration gauntlet and run my fifth Boston Marathon next April.
Redemption and Passion
Seven months ago, I went on a "once in a lifetime" trip with my Dad to (the aforementioned) New York City for the Super Bowl. There are two things I'm just as passionate about as I am running; my family, and "American Football." My family grew up going to the Broncos games as season ticket holders. I was a mere nine years old when I started going to the games and became hooked on orange and blue. Decades before my passion for running started.
I'm still not able to watch replays from the game seven months ago and instead prefer to think about the wonderful memories with my Dad. Having said that, I will be "glued" to the T.V. tonight hoping the Green Bay Packers knock the feathers out of the Seachickens.