Should I run the Boston Marathon?

2013 Boston Marathon Registration

For those of you who are speedy, you might have already registered for your chance to run the infamous historical course in 2013.

For those that are confused, let me recap. Boston Marathon registration has opened up this Monday at 10AM with a few changes.  Rolling admission.  The rules are as follows:

WEEK ONE (September 10 – September 15)

  • On the first day of registration for the 2013 Boston Marathon, those who are eligible for entry by having met the qualifying standards for their age and gender group by 20 minutes or more will be able to enter on September 10 starting at 10:00 a.m. ET.
  • On Wednesday, September 12 at 10:00 a.m. ET, (if space remains) registration will open for those who have met their qualifying standards by 10 minutes or more.
  • On Friday, September 14 at 10:00 a.m. ET, (if space remains) registration will open for those who have met their qualifying standards by five minutes or more.Registration for these qualifiers will remain open until Saturday, September 15 at 10:00 p.m. ET.

WEEK TWO (September 17 – September 21) 

  • Registration will close from Saturday, September 15 at 10:00 p.m., ET and, (if space remains)will re-open on Monday, September 17 at 10:00 a.m. ET to all qualifiers until Friday, September 21 at 5:00 p.m. ET.
  • Those who are the fastest among the pool of applicants in their age and gender will be accepted.


  • If space is available after the initial two-week registration period, then registration will re-open to anyone who meets the qualifying standards beginning at 10:00 a.m. ET on Monday, September 24. Registration will remain open as space remains available.

 So if you qualify mark you calendars as this registration gets crazy!

Luckily for me, I fall into Wednesday of week 1 registration.  I beat the 10 minute mark by seconds.  However, I’m still debating whether to run or not to run.  I’ve been taught that whenever I can’t make a decision to make a list.  So here’s the list.

Reasons to Run the Boston Marathon

1. Your right to run the course isn’t given, but earned and I earned this right on the RnR USA course.

2. It’s in Boston, so I don’t have to travel, pay hotel, etc.  All I have to do is beg Tony to drive me into town at 7AM in the morning so I can catch the bus.

3. The crowd support… now I don’t care for the drunken college kids and Wellesley girls, but I love seeing my friends on the course.  It was amazing to be able to hug everyone in my sweat and joy.

4. As running is getting more popular and more competitive, I am not sure I can qualify again.  If I don’t, I don’t want to miss one chance at running it legitimately

5. As much as I enjoyed running for a charity, I would love to run with the fastest runners in my pace group.  Charity runners have to start in the 3rd wave, last corral, so being able to run in the 2nd wave and middle corrals should be a somewhat batter experience.

6. All three female marathon Olympic runners will be running in 2013 and I think it’s pretty cool to run behind them, even if I only get to start when they are finishing.

Reasons to NOT Run the Boston Marathon

1. I have to use a vacation day… booo.

2. I am not a fan of waking up hours early, to wait in a field of grass for hours before I can run.  I think it’s stupid.

3. I hate huge races, and although Boston isn’t as big as Chicago or NY, 27,000 runners is still alot.

4. I think the course is boring up until the BC area.  There’s a part that smelled like horse poop.

5. I signed up for the SLC marathon a week later, one that I think will be a lot more interesting to me so I’ve never been to Utah.

To be honest, my mind is already made up.  I want redemption for the 2012 hot weather failure. I’ll be registering on Wednesday.  Mostly, I don’t want to miss out running a race I’m not sure I can re qualify for.

3 thoughts on “Should I run the Boston Marathon?”

  1. Do it!! it’s a once, er, twice, in a life time chance… and I think you deserve a year when you can smile after you run it and not feel like death from heat stroke:)

  2. Do it. If you’ve never run Boston, go for it. I used to qualify every time I ran a marathon (ah, the good old days) and I never went. Now, knee injuries have slowed me down, so even if I train it is unlikely that I’ll qualify. While it is not a huge regret in my life, I still wish that I could have run Boston just one time.

    So, yes. Run Boston.

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