Wednesday was a very big day! I finally found out if my qualifying time was fast enough to earn a spot at the Boston Marathon Start Line come April 20th. Last week I registered and never really thought that much about the option of not getting in until they announced that the cap was filled and they wouldn’t be re-opening registration. I started freaking out about how far my cushion of time I had to get in, 2:03, and really wondered if it would be enough. The obsession of checking my email and bank statement began around Tuesday mid-day and I couldn’t stop. Every 10 minutes I was checking both and there was NO announcement besides the fact the email was coming on Wednesday.
During this obsessive time, I came to the realization that there is a whole plethora of people who were in my same boat and they have a name of Boston Marathon Squeakers. There’s even an official squeaker mouse, of those who ‘squeaked in’. I never thought about not making it in once I qualified and all of a sudden it was all I could think about. I didn’t want to think negatively, or that I wouldn’t make it in, but it did cross my mind how incredibly disappointed I would be and I knew what a hard day the Boston Marathon 2015 would be if I wasn’t able to run in it because I didn’t finish faster getting my qualifying time. (Photo)
Finally, Wednesday came and I continued to check the facebook page for any type of update and the nerves really took over as I read a status with over 250 comments ALL from squeakers and those who were ‘hoping to get in with a 3-5 minute cushion.’ I really started to freak out then because I had less time to get in. Finally at 11:25, I got the email notification and hesitantly went over to see what it said… CONFIRMED! You are ACCEPTED!
I double checked the entry list and yup! There was my name listed! I never have been so excited to run as I was this afternoon. My eyes got a tad misty and my heart literally felt like it was soaring in my chest. I WAS IN!
I wore my Boston shirt that B got me after I qualified to practice this afternoon because I was so excited. I’m so glad that the news was good and that I made it in. It made my run that much sweeter even though it was 88 degrees. Now, to get through The City Of Oaks Marathon first and then heal up the heel and then it’s time I get to start working towards the Finish Line on Boylston Street!