I didn't do it, but I was awfully close.
Today was the Sunburst Marathon, and it was a very good experience. Not the best race that I've ever joined, but I had a great time. At the start, I joined up with a group of guys set on running a 3-hour race. Or so I thought. As it turned out, they were going for a 2:57, which meant that they (we) would go out and run the first half in 1:27. Whoops.
Around mile 16, I started to feel it, and by 18, the turnaround point in the second out-and-back portion of the race, I was worried that I had been cashed. My legs did not want to turn over anymore, and the energy was gone. I'd lost the group with which I had started, and it was now up to me. And I didn't have it.
That's not entirely fair. I still had enough for a brand-new PR. But I did not have enough to make it to a Boston Qualifier. I have some thoughts and training ideas that I think well help me get there next time, but as it turns out, I don't have a long way to go. I finished in 3:07:22, my best time by more than 5 minutes. I'm not going to complain about that, which means that, in order to qualify, I've got about 2 and 1/2 minutes to knock out. Not too bad.
For the moment, I don't have the energy to write a long, extended post about the race, but I've got a 2 and 1/2 hour bus ride to Chicago tomorrow to get a full race report. In the meantime, let me say that I'm exceedingly thrilled with my time. I was hoping for a lot more, certainly, but at least it was a PR. And I've still got time.
September marathon, anyone?