For those of you who aren’t into the running jargon, BQ is short for Boston Qualifier. Which means a runner ran a marathon in a specified time (or faster) according to gender and age that will allow the runner to run the Boston Marathon.
And I got my first one today at the Wineglass Marathon, with a tad over 4 minutes wiggle room below the qualifying standard. It also an over 4 minute personal best time.
This couldn’t have come a a better time for me since I’ve been going through a fairly stressful time at home. The short and un-detailed story is that my 21-year-old son is failing adulting and is temporarily crashing in my basement. It’s not a great situation and I’ve lost a lot of sleep recently over it. Plus, he brought home some nasty cold that I caught a minor case of last weekend. Shitty timing. I pounded Airborne vitamin C gummies and I staved off the worst of it, but I watched my resting heart rate climb as I headed into my big goal race.
Luckily, running is the one time that all worries over my wayward child float away. It’s been a blessing to get out and listen to the first Harry Potter book on audible and chill for a bit. I’m also lucky to have some terrific friends and great listeners who helped me through.
Also, if you’ve followed along with my paltry blog postings, you know I had a big set back in my training from November through mid-April when I was suffering from an undiagnosed hormonal imbalance (early menopause). Until I got on hormone replacement therapy in late March, my running was pretty terrible. I struggled to break 2 hours to run the NYC Half in March. So, I was really worried that a BQ would be out of reach by Wineglass.
So going into my race, I was a little concerned how the germs and stress might affect my run. I decided to just do the best I could, and so I did. My last few miles of the race were rough. I walked through the last few water stations, which was disappointing. However, I’m am so thrilled with my race, I’m not going to dwell on those difficult miles.
I highly recommend the Wineglass Marathon. It’s my second time running it, and I just think it’s a wonderful race. The swag is pretty awesome (this year we got stemless wine glasses and an embroidered 1/4 zip shirt, plus the signature pressed glass finisher “medal”) and the crowd support is pretty great.
Now excuse me, I need to eat dinner and go to bed 😉