Boston Bound!

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I’m not sure why I hemmed and hawed about this so much. I mean honestly. I ran my first marathon this year. I ran it well. Better than I expected. And my time was a Boston Qualifier. I guess I figured my biggest obstacle would be convincing my husband that this was a run I should do. Why? Well, because I qualified. And not many runners do.

Of course, what happened at Boston this past year was unthinkable. And, since I’m a recent running junkie, it was the first year I actually watched some of it on television. Before all the horrible goings on, it was magical. And I thought to myself…probably never. I should plan to go, however, as a spectator one year. That might be a nice trip for me to take on my own.

Cycle ahead 2 hours, and mayhem occurs. I think about those I know and those I have heard would be there. And I pray everyone is OK. Bomb a road race? Seriously? It is still so surreal.

Cycle ahead 2 months and I run my very first marathon. I don’t even know if I checked to see what I needed to run to qualify. I just know in the back of my mind that I wanted to complete it in under 4 hours. And I did. Later did I find out that I qualified by a little over 10 minutes. That, in itself, was reason to be proud. Forget about even applying to run at Boston. I ran fast enough that I could apply if I wanted to!

Cycle ahead 2 more months. I run into a dear friend who recently moved to the west coast and is a runner herself. “You have to try to get in. You qualified. Do you know how many people have been running for years and have never qualified?”

All I could think of was that 2014 would be like no other year. Mainly, of course, because of what happened in 2013. The field is promising to be larger. It will be harder to get in. There will be much more security. And I’m sure maneuvering around the city will be tougher than ever. Do I even want to be involved in all that?

Funny, but if it were just me and me alone, I wouldn’t hesitate. But I have a husband and children. And I suppose they have to come first, regardless. My husband would for certain have an opinion and I’m pretty sure it would be one I wouldn’t want to hear. But I know that if I decided to go for it, he would support me.

So, I looked it up. September 11th was to be the day where those whose qualifying time fell between 10 and 20 minutes could apply. That would be me. Would there even be any slots left? And if there were, and if I did make it in, am I willing to commit to the race?

I double checked the dates and sent an e-mail to my sister the day before asking her…if I did make it, would she come with me if I made it in. We could make a weekend of it! Of course, her response was a resounding “yes”.

The next morning, during our P90X workout, I finally told my husband it was my day to decide. He was kind of surprised I was even pondering it, I think. I caught him off guard. It was a short discussion, but he told me to do what I wanted to do.

I decided to run on it.

Ironically, I was listening to Marathon Training Academy’s podcast during my run Wednesday morning, and it happened to be the one recorded after the Boston bombings. Crazy, but here it was, 9/11, and I was listening to first hand accounts from runners at Boston on that fateful day, and trying to make the decision…apply or let it fly?

Well, I could wait until 2015. But I started to think about how special it would really be to be in attendance at Boston in 2014. It seems, and I’m a huge believer in fate, that somehow, this was how it was to be. And that I should be there. By gosh, I deserved to be there. I earned it. Angie and Trevor’s tag line on the podcast is “You do have what it takes to run a marathon.” Yes, dang it. I do!

So, I went home, pulled out the credit card, and sat in front of the computer screen. I made it to the shirt size selection. Butterflies. I cancelled it and closed the browser. I got up, made a cup of coffee, and I tried again. This time I made it all the way to the submit button. I cancelled it again.

Time to suck it up.

The third time I hit submit. No turning back now.

My husband asked if I pulled the trigger. I told him I did. He told me I’d better start looking for flights and hotels. He told me to get right on it. But I didn’t want to think about it yet. All I did was apply. I still had to get chosen. I didn’t want to jinx it. I kind of expected it would take weeks to hear.

Cycle ahead to evening. After dinner, I’m chatting with my sister on Facebook. She’s asking when I’ll hear. I tell her I have no idea.

Then I check my e-mail. And there it is.

Dear Theresa L Kavouras,

This is to notify you that your entry into the 118th Boston Marathon on Monday, April 21, 2014 has been accepted, provided that the information you submitted is accurate.

A Confirmation of Acceptance card will be mailed to you via US Postal Service mail in October.

I’m in. Holy crap! I’m in!

Now, it’s time to panic.

Boston Marathon Race Day Banner

7 Responses to Boston Bound!

  1. wornoutsoles says:

    Congrats on registering for Boston. I agree with you- I think the energy and experience in 2014 will be like no other. Enjoy!

  2. Kat says:

    SO SO SO excited for you!! I look forward to hearing about the training and the prep every step of the way!

  3. Congrats! You won’t regret your decision!

    When I ran last year, I booked through Golden Adventures. I had originally booked a room for over $300 that was in Cambridge, because I waited until I got my acceptance email! Then my friend told me about Diane at GA, so I canceled my reservation, and booked through her. I am so glad that I did. The hotel was cheaper, the private buses WITH bathrooms to the start were awesome, and you can walk to packet pickup from the Boston Park Plaza hotel.
    http://goldenadventures.com/upcoming_bostonmarathon2014.php

    No matter what, it’s an experience that you will never forget, enjoy it!

  4. Kathleen says:

    Congrats!! I will be there cheering on friends, just as I was this year, and I will add you too my list!

  5. Congrats! I can’t wait to read about your journey!

  6. Robert says:

    Very exciting!!

    Someday….

  7. beach3519 says:

    That’s amazing! Congrats!

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