I had originally planned on running yesterday but still had some lingering soreness in my quads. This time I'm trying to balance my recovery with knowing that I have my last "A" race of the year in 3 weeks. So, this week will be a down week, and that is fine, but next week will be pushing 50 miles. Balance. You know, like a BigMac with large fries and a Diet Coke. Fatty, carbtastic, aspartame balance.
On the bright side, I had been a bit “bound up” since the marathon and running the 4 miles cleared that right up. SO, there is that……..which is nice.
Boston marathon registration opened on Monday. Honestly, I’m still 13 minutes away from qualifying so I could care less. What is interesting though is that in previous years, it took months to fill up. This year? 8 hours. EIGHT HOURS. Or, like I call it, 2/3 of a workday.
That said, while I don’t care about current Boston registering, I DO care about FUTURE Boston registering. I'm on my slow death march towards qualifying. I'm currently on track to make a run late spring.
Since the race filled up faster than Lidsey Lohan wracks up DUIs, there are calls for the Boston Athletic Association to “fix” the process. One of the things they are throwing around is to make the qualifcations HARDER.
There is a LOT of really good chatter about this out on the blogosphere. For example:
Beth from Shut Up and Run maybe agrees with the Wall Street journal article (written by two MEN by the way) that raising the qualification standards is a good idea - at least for women. And she can say that as a female (I know I sure have no right to).
DC Rainmaker gives 5 good reasons why the race sold out so fast this year, with "because people thought it would", "because it is cheap", and "more people are running and qualifying now" being a few.
Even the Runners World Forums are a buzz with a number of postings where people speak their mind on what to do with the sellout "epidemic".
I know what you are thinking:
Currently, the Boston Marathon is capped at 25,000 runners. This is mostly because there are rules in the towns that the race goes through that prohibit any additional racers. That said, the wave/coral start currently lasts about an hour. BUT, if I remember right, The Boston Marathon doesn't start until 9:30am. So, you move back the start time an hour, add some more coral waves and port-o-pots and everyone is happy. I'm a bit confused as to why that is so hard??
What do you think? Even if you have no desire to run Boston, what do you think should be done about races filling up as fast as they do now? Chicago fills up in days/weeks, Flying Pig in 37 minutes, same for any number of very large races, so it isn't just a Boston Marathon issue - it is a MARATHON issue.