One of my favorite parts of group training is listening to the things that people talk about to distract themselves on the run. Last night I heard a good one. The girl behind me was lamenting about a conversation she had with a “friend”. Apparently the friend’s pants were on fire.
Girl: I’m training for a marathon.
“Friend”: oh, I am a runner too. I just did the (sorry I can’t remember) race.
Girl: Oh! I volunteered there. What was your time?
“Friend”: Oh, I DNF’ed.
Girl: Hmmm….nobody DNF’ed that race. What else have you done?
“Friend”: Oh, I’ve run 3 marathons: NYC, Chicago, and Boston
Girl: (hmm…I’ve got her now!) Wow! What was your qual time for Boston?
“Friend”: uh…um…5 hours
To the non-runners- You cannot qualify for the Boston Marathon with a time of 5 hours unless you are in your 80s. (btw, if there are any 80 year olds out there running Boston, holy cow, you are amazing.)
2013 Qualifying Times (effective September 24, 2011)
|18-34||3hrs 05min 00sec||3hrs 35min 00sec|
|35-39||3hrs 10min 00sec||3hrs 40min 00sec|
|40-44||3hrs 15min 00sec||3hrs 45min 00sec|
|45-49||3hrs 25min 00sec||3hrs 55min 00sec|
|50-54||3hrs 30min 00sec||4hrs 00min 00sec|
|55-59||3hrs 40min 00sec||4hrs 10min 00sec|
|60-64||3hrs 55min 00sec||4hrs 25min 00sec|
|65-69||4hrs 10min 00sec||4hrs 40min 00sec|
|70-74||4hrs 25min 00sec||4hrs 55min 00sec|
|75-79||4hrs 40min 00sec||5hrs 10min 00sec|
|80 and over||4hrs 55min 00sec||5hrs 25min 00sec|