In “Satisfied,” a song about unfulfilled desires in the hit Broadway musical Hamilton, Alexander Hamilton tells Angelica Schuyler, “You strike me as a woman who has never been satisfied.” It’s no surprise that the show tune is an all-time favorite for Kerry Allen, an Olympic Marathon Trials-qualifying marathoner from Washington, D.C., who is just now reaching her potential after years of disappointing running performances left her wanting more. When Allen crossed the finish line at last October’s Twin Cities Marathon in 2:41:33, she started weeping in the chute. Not only had the 30-year-old broken her previous best time by 10 minutes, but she had also slipped under the Olympic ‘B’ standard of 2:45, sealing her spot among the 285 women who have so far qualified for the 2020 Olympic Trials.“After I saw the clock, I cracked,” Allen told Runner’s World. “I started bawling so hard when I crossed the line that I … [Read more...] about How Run-Commuting to Capitol Hill Helped Kerry Allen Qualify for Trials
How to qualify for boston marathon 2018
For Zach Schmit, trying to run the Boston Marathon had become an exercise in frustration. Between 2015 and 2017, the Cedar Rapids, Iowa, sales manager ran three marathons faster than the 3:05 qualifying time he needed for his 18–34 age group. Each attempt, he got a little quicker. But it wasn’t enough. Boston hopefuls know the registration system fills with the fastest runners first. This has created an annual “cutoff” point, the time by which people needed to beat their qualifying standard in order to actually get into the race. Every year since 2014, some qualifiers who hit the times for their age group and gender have been left on the sidelines.Schmit, now 34, was a perfect example. Each September he tried to register. Each time, denied. “This thing is a moving target every year,” Schmit says. “I was so mad. My social media rant was ridiculous. I got to a point where I’m like, I almost give up.” Last summer, he made a last-ditch … [Read more...] about It Is Harder to Qualify for Boston. That’s a Good Thing.
When we’re excited for a Monday morning, it can only mean one thing: the Boston Marathon is coming up. The iconic race from Hopkinton to Boylston Street in downtown Boston has been the gold standard of running competition for decades, thanks to its tough qualifying standards, intense competition, and spirited crowds. While nothing compares to racing the marathon yourself, if you’re spectating this year’s event or watching it from home, you’re also in for a treat. Here are 10 things to look forward to at the 2019 Boston Marathon, which is happening on Monday, April 15. 1. Des Linden Is Returning to Defend Her Title As she proved in last year’s race, no downpour can stop Des Linden. The Michigan-based marathoner—who’s returning to race Boston this April—persevered through the driving wind and rain to win the 2018 race in 2:39:54, becoming the first American woman to take the title since 1985. Later that fall, Linden placed 6th in New York … [Read more...] about Here Are 10 Reasons Why You Should to Watch the 2019 Boston Marathon
We all know that to toe the line of the Boston Marathon, you have to hit a time standard—and a pretty tough one at that. But for most of the major U.S. and world marathons, runners of all speeds have a chance to compete as long as you’re among the lucky few whose names are drawn in a lottery or you agree to run for charity. If you’d rather not roll the dice or raise funds for a bib, however, you can aim to hit the qualifying standards set by the individual marathons. Here, we’ve broken down what it takes to time-qualify for some major marathons like Boston, Chicago, New York City, Tokyo, and London. Our advice? Jot down your qualifying time on a Post-It note and stick it on your mirror for a bit of daily training motivation. Boston Marathon Show up to any group run in a Boston Celebration Jacket, and you’ll immediately earn respect from your fellow runners. The 26.2-mile race from Hopkinton to Boylston Street—which this year is on Monday, April … [Read more...] about Here’s How Fast You Have to Run to Time-Qualify for Major Marathons
Erin Menefee’s doctors have a nickname for her: Supergirl. Similar to the comic book hero, the 26-year-old physical therapist has faced obstacles head-on with tenacity. But in her case, her superhuman strength comes in the form of running marathons less than two years after open-heart surgery. Menefee first noticed something wrong in December of 2015, when she took off on a long run during a break in her day at San Diego State University, where she was studying to become a physical therapist. At the time, the former collegiate runner for the University of Arizona was training for a transition to the marathon distance. Twelve miles into her 15-miler, Menefee’s heart starting beating at an alarmingly fast pace. Pain shot down her left arm.As a former collegiate runner for the University of Arizona, Menefee was well-acquainted with the shortness of breath caused by hard runs. But this was different. No matter how badly her body wanted to take in oxygen, she still could not … [Read more...] about She Had Open-Heart Surgery—and Vows to Qualify for the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials