Are y’all sick of discussing the Boston Marathon qualification changes yet? Yep? Me too.
There are 244 other marathons in the United States every year. (Wiki says this is true, so clearly it is true.) The vast majority of them would be thrilled to have you.
Yes…it’s going to be okay, everyone. Let’s take a deep breath and have a Sam Adams and a lobster roll while watching Good Will Hunting. (I’m sure it’s on TBS at some point soon…)
Obviously, the changes were coming. And now the changes are here. Whether or not this affects your chances of earning the privilege of paying lots of money to run this famous race – it’s really not going to alter your life’s course, one way or the other.
Just run. Do your best. Going forward, there is no reason not to be happy with a 3:10 or 3:40 – if that is your goal – just because the BAA has changed their (arbitrary) standards . Those are still awesome times! If you really want to race on a random Monday in April (that you will almost certainly have to take off of work, because Boston is the only city in the universe that celebrates Patriots Day) – then step up your game. If not – then don’t. In either case, I think the phrase “shut your trap and run” applies beautifully here.
And I say this as someone who has come within minutes of the old Boston mark several times. Do the changes make it more difficult for someone like me to qualify? Yes, of course. But that’s okay. There has been an obviously increasing discrepancy between supply and demand when it comes to Boston entries over the last few years; something had to give.
And that’s all I have to say about that.
Today’s EAT: Overly “healthified” recipes tend to turn me off. This mac and cheese – made with lots of squash and shockingly little cheese – is an exception.
I’ve blogged it before and I’m blogging it again.
I skipped the peas and added a couple of links of chicken sausage. (Actually, except for the squash, I tend to skip the veggies altogether in recipes like this – they tend to leech water into the dish and make it soggy. Better to just have the veggies on the side.) Seriously though, I’m a pretty big fan of gooey cheese, and the squash is a delightful substitute in this dish. Give it a shot!
Today’s DRINK: Nada! Although I did pick up a couple of fun single beer bottles at the store today that I’m excited to crack open later this week! Have I mentioned that I am kind of over six-packs? Even if I spend a bit more per sip, I love buying singles and being able to taste different beers.
Today’s RUN: Nada! Planned rest day! Glorious.
Today’s QUESTION: What race – other than Boston – is on your lifetime to-do list? I’ve love to do a pretty marathon in Northern Cali – Napa or Big Sur, perhaps? And run in a real, legit track meet (again) at some point!