With the Boston Marathon closing in record time on Monday, nearly every online site claiming to be an expert or the place to read running news has something to say about it. One Running Times piece relies on statistics but ultimately doesn’t offer a solution or point. Compare all the elite/world record times you want, but that doesn’t really translate into the lives of most runners, regardless of gender or whether they’re simply fast, middle-of-the-pack or those pulling up the rear at races across the country.
Another Running Times article talks about the appeal of the Boston Marathon and advises to slowly ratchet up the qualifying times. My best guess is that the Boston officials will make deliberate and thoughtful changes – and runners will have to run faster to qualify. Personally, I don’t have an issue with Boston filling so quickly on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you don’t sign up right away, and figure you can wait because it’s always been open for months, then too bad. Most major races fill quickly, a testament to the popularity of the sport in our country. But I also think more can be done to find equity in qualifying times among gender and ages.
More pressing, though, in my thoughts is a training routine. After a whacky sleep routine this week, I’m hoping to get back to a normal pattern. After several 3-milers sandwiched around a 7-miler, I was too exhausted to head out the door this morning. But I’m hoping that will give me enough juice to get out early Friday for my first longer run since the Chicago Marathon. Originally, my plan was to run 12-14 miles on Saturday. Now I hope to scoot that up to Friday and get some shorter runs in this weekend. The good news is that my legs are feeling great, although I haven’t tested them for fast running.
Perhaps I’ll get a little more figured out this weekend on adding strength training into my workout routine, an ingredient that I’m convinced will make me a better – and faster – runner.