23 04 2012
The outcome is indeed impressive: the 2012 winner won with a "not so good" time of 2h12 while last year saw an unofficial world best time of 2h03'02" (there can't be any world record in Boston because of the race being one-way, thus prone to too favourable wind, plus a negative slope between start and finish).
Even though this year is less likely to see great records (because this is an olympic year and the best runners won't run another marathon before the Olympics), we still had times around 2h05 in Paris, Rotterdam....and this year's best time in London with 2h04'44" (Dubai time is 2h04'23" but I do not count this one as a mass marathon).
So, 2h12 in Boston just says how hard this race was.
But, still, that's my dream marathon, even more than NYC marathon. And I'll do it, I promise....though I now have to run below 3h30 to qualify....unless I'm still running marathons when I reach 55, where the qualificaiton mark will be only 3h40 (which is exactly my PB as of now). Will I still be able to run in 3h40 in 4 years? Or will I succeed in running in less than 3h30 in the meantime? We'll see..:-)
Until then....my first marathon for this year will be on June 9th, in Caen, as planned. Target: less than 3h40, despite the quite hard profile (and possible windy conditions as the first half of the race is along the famous Normandy beaches code named Sword, Gold and Juno, between Courseulles sur Mer and Ouistreham).
So, until then, I'll forget about my nice races in forests and plains, and concentrate on interval trainings, boring sequences of 400m or 1000m runs, etc, etc. That will be the first time I'm doing this but everybody keeps telling me I need to do that if I want to lower my PB (and every marathoner wants to!).