I love the idea of the marathon…I hate the actual marathon itself. After last January’s Houston marathon, which was another example of why I am clearly not a marathon runner I publicly vowed to not run a marathon for the next few years. I planned on picking shorter races and trying to peak for them. I have already knocked 41 seconds off my 5K PR in that time. And hope to take even more time off this spring. During this process I have stood strong with my avoidance of marathon running…that is until a few weeks ago. I received an email with next year’s school calendar. Our spring break is late and falls during the Boston marathon. That got the ball rolling a little. Beth, Q and I could spend 4 or 5 days in Boston. I could actually enjoying being there this time for the marathon (unlike 2010). Seeing that calendar I was starting to consider it…then last Monday happened. Now I really want to run Boston. I don’t really want to run a marathon, but I want to run Boston, next year. Hearing Obama’s speech on Thursday, I was excited just thinking about it. The problem is I don’t have a current BQ (Houston was too long ago). So for me to actually run Boston I would have to run 2 marathons in a time period where I had planned on running none. The first thought I had was that I could run one in mid December and just add a touch more volume to my half marathon training this fall (I am planning to race the Naperville Half in November) and just hope that can get me fit enough to run a BQ. At this point I think the emotions are raw and the excitement to be in Boston next year is high, so I need to take some time to think it through, but next year’s race is not something I want to miss out on.