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The Importance of Running a BQ (Boston Qualifying Marathon Time)

The Boston Marathon is considered by many to be the “Holy Grail” of the marathon running circuit. But just how important is running a BQ or Boston Qualifying Marathon time? How important is it to run the Boston Marathon?

This is an update of a post from a few years ago. Enjoy the changes and let me know what you think!

Thoughts on Running a BQ From a Boston Qualifying Marathoner

How important (really) is running a Boston Marathon Qualifying Time (BQ) in your life as a runner? @Suzlyfe who has qualified 2x offers her thoughts. http://suzlyfe.com/thoughts-on-running-a-bq-boston-marathon-qualifying-times/

1) A BQ time is an arbitrary number used as a benchmark

First things first. I want to reiterate that Boston Marathon Qualifying times are arbitrary benchmarks, set (and revised) over the years to reflect a certain standard in running today and to whittle down a field that is assumed to be massive if not otherwise controlledgasp for breath

Ok, now that we have that established, I want to rephrase the BQ for others: If being “elite” is like for MENSA, getting a BQ is like being in the “Gifted” program. Again, arbitrary, though based on a scientifically or statistically devised standard. But there are so many factors to take into account: do you test well? What if you are really good at reasoning and not so much at remembering? Does that make you less of a smart person? What if you can sprint like the blazing wind, but your endurance is nonexistent? Does that make you any less a runner?

2) A BQ time does not a runner make

If you think that you need a BQ in order to be a “real runner,” pull up a chair, and let’s have a serious discussion.

If you run and feel it in your bones (figuratively), you are a runner. If you wake up day after day to sweat it out or freeze it out (now that we are entering the colder times) for the sheer sake of putting one foot in front of the other because it makes you feel alive in some way, you are a runner. Running at a certain pace, or for a particular number of miles, does not qualify you as a runner. Whether or not you define yourself as an athlete is another matter entirely

john bingham I am a Runner Quote

And if you need any more reason to believe that, check out this fantastic post on I Love To Run about What a “Real” Runner Looks Like

3) Getting a BQ time should not rule your running

I’ll continue this thought in the next point, but you should set your own standards of excellence, goals, and where you want to go with your running. If you want to run just to run, you should do just that. If you want to break 4 hours, then focus on that. Don’t focus on 3:35 or whatever, unless that is the number that you want. Because, guess what? Getting a BQ time doesn’t guarantee you the glory of running Boston. 

Don’t let not running a BQ run your life, in or out of running shoes. There is more to life. You shouldn’t run just in order to get a BQ. If it is a goal, then great! But really? Run because you want to run. Not to get another few letters on your bedpost. (another point that I will come back to!).

4) Compete against yourself and yourself alone

(well, except for that person you are passing, but otherwise)

If you are on the treadmill next to me, the answer is yes, we are racing!

In continuing point A of point 3, when you are out there running or racing, the only person you should be concerned with beating in any way, shape or form is yourself. You don’t run (or at least I hope you don’t) just to stick it to someone else, do you? You aren’t running a BQ just to say WHAT NOW to your coworker, are you? If you are, then you are never going to be happy because you aren’t living for yourself. You are living for external gratification and to pone other people. And that is a miserable life. 

Think about it another way: if you hit a BQ, are you just going to pack it up after? Are you going to stop trying? Are you done?

I should hope not. 

5) In the long term scope of life, a BQ means nothing more than what it means to you.

Your eulogy is hopefully going to speak to your amazing personality, the way that you kept your promises to your friends, and your incredible family values. Unless BQ is part of your name, I hope they don’t etch it in your tombstone.

I think of a BQ akin to my Masters: it impresses certain people and is useful in particular situations, it is a great topic of conversation and way to connect with people. But I would rather talk about my coaching, or the projects that I was involved in during my Masters. I would rather speak to what marathoning has done for my life, or what I loved about living in New York. 

I am not going to be a better mother because I have run a BQ. I am not a better coach because I have a BQ. I am not even a better runner because I have a BQ. My name is not “Running a BQ” Suz. 

But am I proud of running a BQ? Yup.

suz pose victory phoenix marathon

I’m elite in my mind

I worked hard for it, ran hard for it, and poured my passion into it. I took the right mentality going into the race–if it is the right race, I will go for it, if not, I will enjoy the ride–and it allowed me to relax and just run. And for a Crohn’s Disease patient with no real history of running to find her fast and achieve that; well, yeah, I’m proud of it! But I’d be proud of my time regardless.

My Bottom Line?

 Ultimately, I am more proud of my performance that day than I am of my time or “running a BQ.” Ask about the life in the miles, not the miles in the life. 

And in the words of another runner, Forrest Gump, “That’s all I have to say about that.”

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What do you think? What do you think about getting a BQ time?

What is your goal in the long term scope of your running life?

What keeps you running?

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158 Comments

  • Reply Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie

    I know I will never in my lifetime run a BQ and I am 100% at peace with that! haha Although one day I do hope to run Boston as part of a charity team or something.
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    September 24, 2015 at 6:33 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And you go and do that and i can’t wait to see the pictures!

      September 24, 2015 at 1:57 pm
  • Reply Pam and Christine

    Fabulous post Suzy. Earning a BQ matters to only one person and perhaps their running group and friends/support system. While other runners appreciate it, as you pointed it, it does not define you as a better runner. I do think it is tough for runners who work for many many years, earn the BQ and then do not get to run Boston. But as in life, things are not always fair and the BAA does their absolute best to keep it fair for everyone with their application process. Can’t wait to follow you next April!
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    September 24, 2015 at 6:35 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you! I just feel it is so sad to find a NUMBER so important. That is no way to live your life!

      September 24, 2015 at 1:58 pm
  • Reply Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    Did you write this for me? Because I sure needed it. I’ve been so anxious about this Chicago marathon and pushing for that goal. I’ve decided to make my A goal having fun and if a BQ happens, it happens. But I don’t want to feel yucky at the finish. That beer is always my goal. I just want to have fun.
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    September 24, 2015 at 6:40 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Go back and read my qualitative goals post–make the bulk of your goals about having the best run that you can–the times come last.
      And I agree–BEER ME A BEER

      September 24, 2015 at 1:58 pm
  • Reply Bri

    Thanks for this Susue! Though getting a BQ is awesome and an accomplishment in itself, running Boston is definitely a dream and I know I’m going to be totally bummed if I don’t get in πŸ™ But all that means is I need to run harder and push myself more if I want to get there! I’ll be sad (and I won’t get to finally meet you, which I was equally excited about) but will understand it just wasn’t in the cards for me this time around.
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    September 24, 2015 at 6:58 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m going to be most bummed because we wouldn’t get to run together. But you know what? You still ran a damn fine race, a damn fine time, and anyone who thinks that you need a BQ next to that can SUCK IT LONG AND HARD

      September 24, 2015 at 1:59 pm
  • Reply Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

    Those words were hard to hear about being a real runner. I feel it in me everywhere yet I can’t do it. With my bad hip, I won’t be doing it anymore. I look at the people on the treadmills at the gym running and think how blessed they are to be able to do something I love.
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    September 24, 2015 at 6:58 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I am so sorry, my dear. If I could do anything to help you run again, I would. It reminds me of my husband, who can’t play bball any more. But you know what? You will always be a runner–for the very reason that you feel it in your bones. HUG

      September 24, 2015 at 2:00 pm
  • Reply neil@neilshealthymeals.com

    I’m with the running for enjoyment camp here. So no.3 point, I think. Because, it makes me feel good, it gets rid of my stress and it keeps me fit and healthy. Then I can eat cake. Happy Days! πŸ™‚
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    September 24, 2015 at 7:01 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      CHEERS TO THAT

      September 24, 2015 at 2:01 pm
  • Reply EB @ Running on E

    Great post my dear! I do agree that a BQ is a fun goal to have but in no way should it be your only goal. Growing up in Maine (the only other state the gets Patriots Day off), I knew about Boston from a young age but never conceptualized running it. I would like to qualify now so my Dad (Boston native) could come watch me run for the first time. It would be a fun experience to have together.
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    September 24, 2015 at 7:13 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      See, that would be so cool! That is indeed a great reason!

      September 24, 2015 at 2:02 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine

    I definitely agree! It’s tempting to get caught in the BQ trap, but luckily I have been able to keep my focus on my own goals. Of course I would love to BQ but there are many things about running that are much more important.
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    September 24, 2015 at 7:19 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I love to hear this! And I think that those of us who have had injuries really do know what is important!

      September 24, 2015 at 2:03 pm
  • Reply Heather

    The Boston Marathon is like the super bowl of running. While I know I will never play in the super bowl the Boston Marathon is something I know if I train hard enough I can achieve. I am a runner. I just know that there is something out there I can shoot for. It will now define me if I don’t get it. I don’t know if that made sense.. Thanks for sharing some great points
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    September 24, 2015 at 7:33 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Love that! Don’t you dare let it define you if you do or don’t!

      September 24, 2015 at 2:04 pm
  • Reply Heather @Fit n Cookies

    I definitely run because I enjoy it, not for a specific goal of time. I mean, I work hard to build up my strength and I want to push myself in races, but a BQ isn’t everything. I definitely cheer on everyone and am so proud of anyone who qualifies for Boston, but mostly because I know the hours and work they put into it, and not so much because it means they are just fast. I see the dedication and commitment that goes into it and that’s what means the most to me! However, I am just excited to get out there and run these days, haha.
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    September 24, 2015 at 7:36 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I feel you! To me, there is just as much dedication and commitment just to get out there and keep after it as to go after that BQ. Because isn’t there even more in doing something for nothing than doing something for a reward?!

      September 24, 2015 at 2:06 pm
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner

    I am a real runner but I know that I will never have a BQ and I am fine with that it’s never been on my list. I have a friend who used to run with our group all the time until she became obsessed with her BQ and now we never see her. It’s become her obsession. Not sure it’s worth losing all your friends for. Rant done
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    September 24, 2015 at 7:36 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That sucks. I know a few runners like that. I makes me think–would I give up my runs with my trainees for a BQ??

      September 24, 2015 at 1:56 pm
  • Reply Debbie @ Coach Debbie Runs

    I kind of find it amusing that running a BQ seems to be such a huge deal for runners in recent years. When I was in my 40s I ran a BQ almost every time I raced, but when I first heard the term I wasn’t sure what it meant. I guess for many runners, especially those who are close, it has become a prize of sorts to strive for. My current BQ time is, I think 4:10, and I doubt I can accomplish that anymore due to bad knees and asthma. It is kind of a bummer that I never ran Boston when I had the chance, but at least I can say I ran Paris :-). (Sorry, rambling a bit as I drink my first cup of coffee this morning).
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    September 24, 2015 at 7:42 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      hahahah I like your rambles! I would love to run Paris–Boston was a chance I never thought that I would get, and thus why I was like, well, ok then! Also, it totally gives me an excuse for another marathon!

      September 24, 2015 at 1:56 pm
    • Reply misszippy

      Totally agree, Debbie! It’s changed SO much. I miss the old days!
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      September 25, 2015 at 9:08 am
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    Love this Suz!! You should be very very proud! You worked your butt off– but recognizing that it doesn’t MAKE a runner is so important. Running is about more than times and everyone has to do their personal best! I (never say never) seriously doubt I’ll ever be contention to a BQ– but that doesn’t meant I’m not a runner πŸ™‚
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    September 24, 2015 at 7:44 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Damn straight!!!

      September 24, 2015 at 1:54 pm
  • Reply Sara @ LIfe Between the Miles

    What a great post Suzy, I loved it. Yes, for many running a BQ is a huge goal, but for others, just getting out there and doing there thing is what matters. Whatever your goals are, they are individual and comparison is the thief of joy! With that said, I AM SO FREAKING EXCITED you are coming to visit me in April πŸ™‚

    September 24, 2015 at 7:45 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I am so freaking excited that I will get to visit you, too! And I love keeping up with your running on IG!

      September 24, 2015 at 1:54 pm
  • Reply Heather (Where's the Beach)

    Great post. I ran my first full marathon on a whim last Dec. I didn’t know my BQ time; didn’t care one bit. I never dreamed I would ever BQ and I did (will be running Boston in 2016) and maybe that’s how I did it, it wasn’t my focus. My goal was just to complete a marathon, something I never ever imagined I would do in my life. The rest is history.

    September 24, 2015 at 7:54 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I love this–run your race, and let the race come to you!

      September 24, 2015 at 1:50 pm
  • Reply Erin@BeetsPerMinute

    I love that you said if you feel it in your bones you’re a runner. I LOVE running, but I am not one to do races. I love the freedom of running and the mental clarity it gives me. I am definitely sharing your post with my sister. She wants to run the Boston Marathon eventually and trains hard.

    It’s very true that we don’t need fancy accolades to do what we love and say it’s a part of who we are. Also, I love the slap a bitch photo. Just fabulous.
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    September 24, 2015 at 8:05 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      hahahahah YAS all around!

      September 24, 2015 at 1:46 pm
  • Reply Gretchen | Gretchruns

    I love this Suzy! I completely agree with everything you say here. I’ve done a few marathons and haven’t been close to running a BQ, and I’m perfectly fine with that. And guess what? I kind of hate the marathon. It’s a lot of running and a lot of dedication, and I just don’t have that amount of discipline yet. For now, running 5ks-half marathons are my happy comfort zone. I still consider myself a runner (and a pretty dang good one at that) and I’m happy! Will I ever BQ? Maybe, maybe not, but I love to run and I will run as long as I’m able to, and that’s good enough for me πŸ™‚
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    September 24, 2015 at 8:15 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You know what? it is a f-ing lot of running! hahaha. I am just glad that you are finding what is making you happy. And I think that you are a freaking great runner!

      September 24, 2015 at 1:46 pm
  • Reply Suzy

    Great job. Okay so I first started running (marathoning) when I was 19, because I was so sick of playing competitive soccer. Everybody was so uptight and there was too much pressure. I knew that running a marathon would make me fit in the middle of the pack, and that’s all I needed at that time. I needed an outlet without external pressure. Now it’s evolved to become a lot more competitive for me! Which is ironic. But I will always run for the pure intrinsic joy of it. I have running goals, sure. A sub-3 would be fantastic, but peace of mind each and every day is much more meaningful to me.
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    September 24, 2015 at 8:27 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I love that you were middle of the pack. I highly doubt that you have ever been mid pack! But I know exactly how you feel! I needed something that took the pressure off–when I rode, I anticipated ribbons. When I run or race, it’s just me and myself.

      September 24, 2015 at 1:45 pm
  • Reply Rachel

    <3 Great post.
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    September 24, 2015 at 8:37 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thanks Rachel!

      September 24, 2015 at 1:43 pm
  • Reply Jamie

    This is a great post. When I think about running my first BQ I was elated, but because I had a fabulous race enjoyed all 26.5 (on that day) miles. When I ran my PR in Chicago and qualified for my second Boston, I think about how everything came together and the race was almost effortless and felt beyond fun. Having a BQ is awesome because running Boston is an experience unlike anything else, but at the same time I would run marathons to just have those races where it all comes together. I’d love to run sub-3 some day but I know that will take a lot of work, but I want to achieve it because I never thought it would be possible. Only time will tell πŸ™‚
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    September 24, 2015 at 8:50 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Whatever you want, go and get it. For YOU

      September 24, 2015 at 1:43 pm
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    I think a lot of it comes down to intrinsic vs external motivation. If you want to run a BQ for you, even if it’s out of reach, then go for it, no matter how long and hard the journey. If you’re doing it because all your friends are running Boston or you want the applause on social media, then some perspective that a BQ is not the be-all, end-all is really beneficial. For me right now, it’s more about the very intrinsic goal based on a specific finish time (3:30/8 min miles) than the BQ – it just so happens that a BQ corresponds with the time goal that I’m both capable of if everything goes right and is challenging enough to be a big goal for me. I’m also weird about numbers and 8 minute miles always make me happy.
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    September 24, 2015 at 9:07 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      A) I totally agree
      B) I love that you pulled out big words πŸ˜€
      C) I also like 8:00 miles!

      September 24, 2015 at 1:41 pm
    • Reply Helly on the Run

      Love your response, Laura!

      April 12, 2017 at 2:46 pm
  • Reply Angie @ Pace with Grace

    Great post and coming from someone who has not BQ’d, I can relate. I love what you said about it being about the value we put on it. I think running a BQ is incredible but it doesn’t mean if you haven’t, you aren’t a “real runner”. There is SO much work put into running no matter what your accomplishment are. I think this is an important reminder for everyone so thank you for the perspective!
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    September 24, 2015 at 9:15 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      last time I checked, you don’t spell “real runner” with a B or a Q!

      September 24, 2015 at 2:08 pm
  • Reply Hanna @ TheMillennialNextDoor

    Love this post!!

    I used to think I wanted a BQ more than anything. My goal was to qualify by fall 2016 and I was already picking out races for next fall. And then, some life happened this summer, and my attitude about running has become a lot more relaxed. I don’t know – I’d love a BQ and, like you, would be honored and proud to run one. But it’s just not that important to me anymore. If it happens, AWESOME. If not, I’ll live. Sometimes I wonder, why can’t it be enough that we just run 26.2 miles? Why do so many of us feel like we’re selling ourselves short if we don’t meet what you correctly identify as an arbitrary standard? I’ve realized I’m happier when I just train as hard as I can and race to the best of my ability and just be proud of whatever that gets me. I’ve mentioned this in a couple other discussions already but I feel it bears repeating: I’d hate to look back on this one day, when I’m on my death bed or something, and think “I had so much fun as a runner and accomplished so much – what a shame that I never appreciated it because I was always wishing I were as fast as someone else or a Boston runner.”

    Okay, that was a really long comment for someone who has never even BQ’d. lol.
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    September 24, 2015 at 9:16 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well, if you ask me, i think that it is enough to run 26.2. Just like it is enough to be smart and to know you are smart–I used to crave external gratification, and I’m not saying that I don’t now, but I’ve realized that external gratification is arbitrary and set by others–you shouldn’t let others determine your happiness!

      September 24, 2015 at 1:35 pm
  • Reply Kimberly G

    Thank you for #2 in this post. Realistically I will never have a BQ time. The only way I will ever run Boston is through a charity so sometimes it make me feel like I am not a “true runner” but I’m slowly trying to get over that thinking!
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    September 24, 2015 at 9:33 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Charity runners run with their heart and their legs. Sometimes they are a bit slower because their hearts are that much bigger!

      September 24, 2015 at 1:33 pm
  • Reply Amanda @ .running with spoons.

    I’m honestly not sure I’ll ever be able to run that fast, and I’m 100% at peace with that. I love to run for the release and enjoyment I get out of it, and I like to improve and push myself, but not at the cost of my saintly of health. I may not be as hardcore as some of the others out there, but I do feel it in my bones πŸ˜‰
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    September 24, 2015 at 9:36 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well, if you can feel it in your bones, that is to your hard core, is it not?

      September 24, 2015 at 1:32 pm
  • Reply Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    I need to always remind myself that I am only competing against myself, but that is really hard to remember sometimes, when everyone else is running longer and faster haha.
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    September 24, 2015 at 9:36 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      #twss
      πŸ˜€ But you also have to remember that there is a critical mass behind it–the creation of a movement yields greater fodder for the numbers!

      September 24, 2015 at 1:30 pm
  • Reply seetinarun

    Word. To all of it. And a fun little fact – the BQ standard is determined by the BAA based on logistics. The beginning of the race covers very narrow roads and the field size has to be limited to deal with that. Unlike other “Big City” races, they cannot expand field size to accommodate increased interest. It’s actually not even a city marathon until mile 22 or so! The BAA itself would not call the qualifying times as the standards for excellence in running – they are the standards that get them to the field of 24,000 qualifiers (6,000 bibs go to charity runners) with as few people holding BQ’s being turned away as possible. It’s just numbers, and they are likely to change in 2018, as the registration has been oversold for the 3rd year in a row – and when they change, they’ll still be numbers. Not an assessment of anyone’s worth as a runner.

    September 24, 2015 at 9:50 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      PREACH. This is about statistics and logistics and really, they should just get UPS to do it because that is what Brown does, right? I love that you say “The BAA itself would not call the qualifying times as the standards for excellence in running – they are the standards that get them to the field of 24,000 qualifiers (6,000 bibs go to charity runners) with as few people holding BQ’s being turned away as possible.”
      Make that a sign, please!

      September 24, 2015 at 1:28 pm
    • Reply Thomas Bartman

      I think the BQ times for 2018 are unlikely to change based on what I’ve seen. Generally they have changed the standards in 5 minute increments, and that seems to make the most sense for keeping things easy to remember. The last few years they have been “oversubscribed” but only had to turn away people who were within 1:02 and 2:28 of their BQ time. So if they drop the BQ times by five minutes, they will actually have TOO FEW people to run the race, which decreases their revenue and upsets a lot of folks. Until they are consistently turning away people who have “BQ-ed” by 5 minutes or more, there is no reason to drop the BQ times by 5 minutes.

      As long as everyone understands how registration really works (the website says it very clearly, and everyone should know by now!) there is no reason to change it.

      August 14, 2016 at 4:38 pm
      • Reply suzlyfe

        I don’t disagree with you! The times are set for logistical reasons, and unless they start going to 3:33 or something in between, there is no reason to change it.

        August 15, 2016 at 4:57 am
  • Reply Sarah @pickyrunner

    I think a lot of us needed that reminder, especially as a lot of big marathons are coming up. I would love to BQ, whether that’s this year or someday down the road, but that will not be my primary goal of this race. I want to enjoy running in my favorite place in the world. That means more to me than running a certain time that deems me “good enough” to run Boston. One day, I will. But it doesn’t need to be this year and it certainly doesn’t mean once I hit that time that I’m done running. I don’t run because I love racing. I run because it clears my head. So chasing after that elusive BQ takes part of that clarity away from me. Amazing post, per usual.
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    September 24, 2015 at 10:05 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Exactly. I was “good enough” to run a BQ the first time around, but not getting it and having it be over in one fell swoop. I enjoyed the first and worked harder and harder for each one. These others are victory laps, but no less important to me!

      September 24, 2015 at 1:27 pm
  • Reply Michelle

    I quite possibly have a girl crush on you now!!!! <3 So many think us non-BQ qualifiers are "real" runners, and although sometimes it stings, I am quite proud of my accomplishments as a runner NO MATTER what the time. I've ran 4+ hour marathons all the way up to 6+ hour marathons…BUT. I finished each darn one! GREAT post my friend.
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    September 24, 2015 at 10:19 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I am totally ok with you having a girl crush on me πŸ˜€ I love that you are proud to have finished, regardless of your times! That is awesome and you go, girl!

      September 24, 2015 at 1:22 pm
  • Reply Ange @ Cowgirl Runs

    I love this.
    Will I ever BQ? ehhh, maybe?
    I’d love to run Boston, but I also know (right now) I can’t/won’t dedicate my whole life to getting that BQ. It may be frowned upon, but I’d have no qualms about running Boston for charity. To me, it’s far more about the experience and less about that time.
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    September 24, 2015 at 10:28 am
    • Reply seetinarun

      As someone who grew up in the Boston area, I can tell you that locally, charity runners are not only not frowned upon; they are rock stars. The BAA is extremely committed to the charity bib program and continues to resist pressure from runners who think that more bibs should be made available for qualifiers and less for charity. So, perhaps some random runner frowns upon the charity runners, but the BAA and the millions of spectators feel very differently.
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      September 24, 2015 at 11:24 am
      • Reply suzlyfe

        I am so glad to hear that. Charity runners are there for a reason, too–they may not always (but often they do!) have the speed to qualify, but they have the heart!

        September 24, 2015 at 1:14 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You need to read Tina’s comment about charity runners!

      September 24, 2015 at 1:22 pm
  • Reply Montana

    i think accomplishments are more important and meaningful if you accidentally obtain them…I did this when qualified for the championship race for Battlefrog. I wasn’t really attempting to do so, I was running the race at a pace I felt good doing and I was giving it my all.but now I have the opportunity to race in an inaugural championship event and of course try to PR my previous time. I’m very proud of your accomplishments though and look forward to hearing all about your Bostonrace next year!

    September 24, 2015 at 10:51 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Isn’t it ironic? But I don’t think it is such an accident, rather that you were able to accept whatever came your way. Which made the “surprise” that you gave yourself that much more meaningful–it wasn’t that it was accidental, just that it wasn’t expected. When you expect something, it is like, eh, ok.

      September 24, 2015 at 1:21 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    Great post! I think it’s such an important attitude to maintain, and not just in running, but in all aspects of life! You could apply that mindset to anything. First one that comes to mind is body image- don’t try to change your image to impress or “beat” others, and don’t let it define you. Do what feels right for you and makes you happy!
    Somehow I’ve always been good at this (which I count myself lucky for!)… in high school, I never won races in track. But it never bothered me! I always just focused on making myself a better runner, and working on improving. Victory for me at a meet was beating my PR- not beating other runners. I’m not sure how that mindset got instilled into this lil brain of mine, but I sure am thankful for it.
    And as for the “being a runner” thing… this has been on my mind lately. I’ve been asking myself: am I a runner? Like Runner with a capital R? I don’t really feel like one, at least not in the way I used to. I used to really love running. It’s not that I hate it now, but it still feels like a chore. So I’m still chasing (pun not intended!) that love that I used to have. I know it’s in there somewhere… I’m still trying to figure out how to find it. So what keeps me running now is a) finding that and b) trying to stay healthy, to be honest.
    Thanks for the post, the inspiration, and motivation, as always, Suz!

    September 24, 2015 at 11:13 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Aw, I love this comment, Sarah, and for so many reasons. First, because I love hearing that you are so comfortable and confident in who you are. That is massive. And that you ran because you loved it. As for trying to figure out where the love is, it reminds me of how I loved horses so much, and then needed a break. It honestly got to the point where while I didn’t hate it, I felt completely and utterly detached from it. It was a chore. But I needed time to reestablish my connection. Running is a bit different, because there is so much work involved, but you know what I mean!

      September 24, 2015 at 1:19 pm
  • Reply Heather@hungryforbalance

    It’s so easy to get caught up in the comparison/competition trap. Thank you for the reminder that we need to do the things we love BECAUSE we love them.
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    September 24, 2015 at 12:32 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m glad that it struck a chord with you!

      September 24, 2015 at 1:13 pm
  • Reply Linda @ Veganosity

    Good for you, Susie! And thank you for making me feel better about my slow pace. πŸ™‚ Your’e the best.

    September 24, 2015 at 12:37 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Shut up, slow pace is totally relative! Love your face!

      September 24, 2015 at 1:09 pm
  • Reply Farrah

    I totally agree with you on all of these, but especially #4! <3 (And super-congrats to you for running a BQ! <3)

    September 24, 2015 at 2:14 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you love!

      September 25, 2015 at 10:02 am
  • Reply Rae

    There goes Susie, droppin’ the truth bombs! I couldn’t agree more with this post. I know I will never BQ because I don’t care enough to train for it, and that’s A-OK.
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    September 24, 2015 at 2:23 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Booooooom!

      September 25, 2015 at 10:02 am
  • Reply Gianna @ Run, Lift, Repeat

    No clue if I will ever BQ and it doesn’t really cross my mind much these days as I am so over the 26.2 distance this year πŸ˜‰
    Crohn’s changed perspective on everything. When it knocked the life out of me and I could barely run a 12 minute mile anymore I vowed to be thankful for whatever my body let’s me achieve period. Even as I edge closer to where I was a few years back my goals remain to run healthy and for the love of it!
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    September 24, 2015 at 2:23 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I agree with you that having a life changing illness really does alter how you see the world and your body–it makes me appreciative for every mile I get, and anything extra that it can give is just gravy!

      September 25, 2015 at 10:02 am
  • Reply Aleks @AleksRuns

    I agree that a BQ goal alone cannot and should never determine a runner’s worth (or self-perception of worth) as a runner. That said… as someone who has been running marathons for years, many of them with a goal “to finish” or “to break 4:00″… busting my ass and getting that BQ this year definitely changed how I view myself in the context of running. The funny thing is… most of my runner-friends don’t even care about BQ-ing. They run for fun, or train to finish a marathon, or to run a sub-2 half, or a trail ultra, or an Ironman… It’s easy to forget that there are more than half a million marathon finishers in the U.S. every year, but only about 26,000 who qualify for and apply to register for the Boston Marathon. How many, I wonder, have a BQ as their end-all-be-all… Can’t be more than 50,000 or so people, or about 1/10th of all marathoners in any given year… I guess all things considered, we’re a “relatively” small group of crazies…
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    September 24, 2015 at 4:05 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      haha, well, at least we have company. I think that busting your ass and going after a PR is a great thing, but I guess my question is whether you would have pushed yourself further or not as far if you hadn’t had that qualifying standard?

      September 25, 2015 at 10:03 am
  • Reply MCM Mama Runs

    Congrats on your BQ!

    I agree with you though. I’m not sure I could ever improve enough to BQ, but even if I thought I could, I’m not sure I could set aside all the other things I do. I’d rather have fun than push that hard when I’m running. It’s kind of like having to give up my beer to get the last few pounds off – I’d rather have the beer LOL.
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    September 24, 2015 at 7:05 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      hahahahah yaaaas PREACH

      September 25, 2015 at 10:04 am
  • Reply Danielle@T-Rex Runner

    I like this post a lot. I’ve struggled with the fact that I probably will never be able to train at the level I need to in order to obtain a BQ because of my back. It was always something I thought I would do “later,” and now I almost certainly don’t have that option. I will be the first to admit that I have mentally placed a lot of importance on that number, struggled with the idea of running the race for charity, etc. The funny thing is, I would never think less of another runner who didn’t BQ, who ran the race for charity, whatever – so I don’t know why I am so hard on myself! Thoughtful post.
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    September 24, 2015 at 7:50 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And a very thoughtful comment! I think you make an excellent point: would we judge others for not having a BQ? Then why judge ourselves?

      September 25, 2015 at 10:05 am
  • Reply Lauren

    Obvi we are soulmates since I wrote something similar. Although I still want to qualify because it is my goal and would technically be the next time benchmark I set for myself because I KNOW I can do it, on the right day, with the gods smiling on me. and omgggg Chicago is so soon and we can awkwardly meet in person and grab a beer or food or both!
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    September 24, 2015 at 9:11 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Obviously we are going to meet in person and do something fun. And I hope that you get the number that you are going for, and even better! I also know how you feel–the idea that you know you can do it. I just wish people when after numbers that push them for pushing them’s sake, rather than because it is a “BQ”.

      September 25, 2015 at 10:06 am
  • Reply Michele

    Totally agree, people focus on a BQ but any improvement in time is a big deal! On the flip side, I have a friend who’s older and getting BQ after BQ means nothing to her because she’s been trying to break 3:30 for over 5 years (she’s done 3:13), and jokes that the secret to the BQ is just getting older and not doing anything differently. All the numbers are arbitrary though!
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    September 25, 2015 at 5:06 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’ve heard a lot of similar anecdotes–that you should just wait until you are older. I guess on the flip side, does that “cheapen” the value of the BQ?

      September 25, 2015 at 10:07 am
  • Reply Michelle

    Can’t believe I missed this yesterday! It’s like you are talking to me, lol. I was 2 minutes off my BQ time a couple of weeks ago. Everyone thought I was upset…like I was gunning for that time. I wasn’t upset and I wasn’t gunning for that time–I was out there trusting my training, seeing what I could do on that given day. I’m super proud of my performance and Boston isn’t going anywhere–and I am not using Boston as a measure of my success! Great post! πŸ™‚
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    September 25, 2015 at 5:19 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think that is beautiful! GOOD FOR FREAKING YOU

      September 25, 2015 at 10:09 am
  • Reply Marcia

    When I ran my first BQ I was not on social media and it happened in such a carefree, no-pressure way. It was never my goal in training, the paces and planets just aligned and it was a beautiful confluence of events. There is SO much pressure here on the interwebs. Having fun is what’s its all about for me.
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    September 25, 2015 at 8:46 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Which is what I love, and I think that it is helping you challenge yourself in new ways–like if you had tunnel vision, would you have gone after your tri?

      September 25, 2015 at 10:10 am
  • Reply misszippy

    I come from a long history of running now, and times have changed so much. This whole “BQ or die” mentality is really new to the past five or six years. And I don’t get it, honestly! I ran several BQs before even toeing the line there. I think the running community needs to reexamine the obsession with it and recognize of it can be harmful to get so caught up in it. Run because you love running. If you BQ, great. If not, don’t let it diminish the joy of running.
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    September 25, 2015 at 9:13 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      THANK YOU. Why must we constantly require external gratification and titles in everything we do? WHY WHY WHY

      September 25, 2015 at 10:12 am
  • Reply Sam @ PancakeWarriors

    This perspective is so awesome. Yes I’m so tired of people comparing themselves. I only strive to be a better version of me, I can’t compare myself to others. We all have different abilities and skills! Can’t wait to share this outlook with my clients!
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    September 25, 2015 at 9:21 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Yay! I think we hardwired ourselves to compare our selves because it is a natural survival mechanism, but the problem is that we don’t need it for its original use anymore, so we apply it to what we can!

      September 25, 2015 at 10:01 am
  • Reply Erin @ Erin's Inside Job

    I am super proud of you and everyone who kicks their own butt to get those times. I have a BQ qualifying time in getting to as many donut and pizza places as I can in one day.
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    September 25, 2015 at 11:41 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      What about a burger and queso time?

      September 25, 2015 at 11:48 am
  • Reply Shawna

    nice post, girl. i’m def from the school that subscribes to running b/c i enjoy it and not putting pressure on myself and being proud of my good runs that i count as successful, and i think that’s what is important for everyone, no matter what their goal is (distance, time, personal best, etc). comparison is the thief of joy, right? runners are runners and the only people we need to be accountable to are ourselves. xo
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    September 25, 2015 at 11:41 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You know it–and I think that you need to remember that going into your marathon–run because you want to, not because you have to!

      September 25, 2015 at 11:49 am
  • Reply Jess @hellotofit

    LOVE these thoughts, Susie. It reminds me slightly of one of The Four Agreements: “don’t take anything personally”. When you said you like that you qualified but aren’t using the number to define YOU. In the book, the author says to not take anything personally, whether someone is saying something negative OR positive. E.g. If someone says you’re awesome, not taking that to heart because you should already know that you are! Am I rambling?

    September 25, 2015 at 11:48 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well I should hope that you do know that you are awesome! But I also hope that you believe it when I tell you!

      September 25, 2015 at 11:50 am
  • Reply Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes

    Love this. I want that BQ, and I will get it some day whether or not I have to wait til I’m 60 I don’t care. Listen, I’m from the Boston area and to be able to run this race in my hometown would be amazing. While you say it won’t make a better mother, you are right. My self worth isn’t about running, but it sure has hell makes me feel like a stronger woman and therefore exudate a more confident attitude around my boys. So I may challenge you on that one. Can I achieve that with any other race? Of course, but Boston is Boston. It’s been an “elite” race, well…forever. And to be able to achieve something like that is pretty bad ass if you ask me!
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    September 26, 2015 at 2:45 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I agree! I think we “get over” the BQ when we become comfortable with ourselves as runners–and I think that it makes hitting our true goals even more possible!

      September 28, 2015 at 10:51 am
  • Reply Lauren @ ihadabiglunch

    I’m so glad you’re able to acknowledge your hard work for this πŸ™‚ killer!!
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    September 28, 2015 at 11:31 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I can’t wait until you cross the Finish Line in 2 weeks!

      September 28, 2015 at 11:35 am
  • Reply Carla

    Even though I’m not a runner my friend circle off-line has included hard-core runners for years. As a result I see number three happening all the time. I guess I just assumed it was the norm or the way running was done? But the longer I’ve been friends with this group the more I realize it seems to lessen their love of running.

    April 12, 2017 at 5:22 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It really makes me sad. Honestly just really sad when that happens.

      April 12, 2017 at 8:43 am
  • Reply Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

    Ask about the life in the miles….I love that line!

    April 12, 2017 at 6:11 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That really is what it is all about.

      April 12, 2017 at 8:41 am
  • Reply Anna @ Pipers Run

    Love this! I’ve yet to run a marathon (which people are still surprised when I tell them), so qualifying for Boston probable won’t happen for me. I’m so far off my PB times that it’s not even funny anymore but I don’t care which is good. I’m just happy to be able to run these days any running is good running.

    April 12, 2017 at 6:34 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And you are still a runner! I promise you!

      April 12, 2017 at 8:41 am
  • Reply Lisa @ Mile by Mile

    A BQ has always been a goal in the back of my mind, because I know that with some hard work I could do it (if id stop getting hurt all the time.) At this point who knows if and when Ill be back to running marathons, so a BQ is not a goal for me at least right now. Maybe some day!

    April 12, 2017 at 6:35 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      But it shouldnt be the goal just for the sake oof doing a BQ but rather for the thrill of hitting that new time goal!

      April 12, 2017 at 8:40 am
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    I could not agree with this more! Boston is amazing (I’ll most likely never really know! lol!) but it’s not everything.

    April 12, 2017 at 6:54 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And if you ever get to the point that you feel that way, it is time to recalibrate and reconsider!

      April 12, 2017 at 8:38 am
  • Reply Kimberly G

    I might be able to BQ when I turn 80..maybe LOL
    A BQ is not a goal that I have for myself, but I have the utmost respect and admiration for runners that achieve that BQ goal!

    April 12, 2017 at 6:56 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And I love that you acknowledge that! You have so many other goals!

      April 12, 2017 at 8:37 am
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    I think the Boston Marathon has become like the everyday runner’s Olympics. You certainly don’t want to ruin your health or love of running for it, but it is a huge accomplishment for those who achieve it. But it’s not the only accomplishment in running – goodness, running in itself is a huge accomplishment!

    April 12, 2017 at 7:36 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      PREACH LADY PREACH

      April 12, 2017 at 8:36 am
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner

    I know that I will never run Boston or a BQ and I am totally fine with that. I love all they hype surrounding it and love to watch all of the stories that come out of the runners each year.

    April 12, 2017 at 7:37 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That is a great approach! You love the excitement for the excitement, and then you RUN YOUR RACE

      April 12, 2017 at 8:33 am
  • Reply Sharon @ Mommy Runs It

    Really love this. Consider this: my dad, a lifelong runner & competitive athlete in his youth BQ’d in the late ’70s. He also ran the NY marathon around that same time. He DNF both races (he finished Boston but was considered a DNF because he was *just barely* over 3:30). I, on the other hand, only ran for 4 years (before injury) and also ran two marathons. I finished both in over 5:00. Technically I’m a marathon finisher & he’s not. Does that make one of us more of a runner than than the other? No way. A BQ is an incredible accomplishment​, but it isn’t everything.

    April 12, 2017 at 7:38 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      A PERFECT illustration! Thank you so much for sharing this, Sharon. PERFECT

      April 12, 2017 at 8:32 am
  • Reply Sandra Laflamme

    This is such a great post Suzy! so much great food for thought here. For me the BQ was for me, a wall that I needed to smash through for myself. To see if I could beat the challenge both physically and mentally. When you are going for that BQ anything can happen on race day.

    April 12, 2017 at 7:38 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      See? that is the perfect reason to go for a BQ–your PERSONAL goal for a time!

      April 12, 2017 at 8:31 am
  • Reply Debbie @ Coach Debbie Runs

    Back when I was faster (the story of my life lately lol), I didn’t even think about qualifying for Boston. I’m not sure if it wasn’t as much of a big deal then or what. Yeah, when I did it I’d take note, but it wasn’t my purpose and my goal was just to run the best and fastest race I could. Of course now I kind of wish I’d gone to Boson at least once when I was qualifying, just so I can say I did it. ?

    April 12, 2017 at 7:38 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hear you. But would you have really gotten all that you needed from it if you had under those circumstances?

      April 12, 2017 at 8:31 am
  • Reply Bri

    Yes girl! You know I’m with you on that. I’ll always be proud of my qualifying run even if I didn’t get to go and probably won’t now until I move up an AG! Life changes and other things become more important xo

    April 12, 2017 at 8:03 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Totally right there with you. LIKE GETTING MARRIED

      April 12, 2017 at 8:28 am
  • Reply Ilka

    I’m exhausted from scrolling down the endless amounts of comments on this post – you popular blogger you!!
    Love love love this post! I’m super happy for anybody qualifying for Boston! What it means to me is that you’re a speedy, but it doesn’t define you as a runner. The runner who gets up every morning for a run, because he or she has a passion for running, is a runner just as much as a Boston qualifier. So Hooray for all the runners out there! Fast or slow! Keep running!

    April 12, 2017 at 8:59 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It is an older post, I will say that.
      I am right there with you! Hooray for all runners!

      April 12, 2017 at 9:23 am
  • Reply Suzy

    I remember this post. It’s great. I love having goals and I love being competitive. I grew up playing soccer and then played varsity soccer for my university and so soccer was taken very seriously yet we knew we’d never get paid for it or go on to represent our country for it (Andrew did though–he represented Canada in Japan but even he was never pro and didn’t get paid). We do it for the love of the sport, whether it’s to beat our time goal from yesterday, or whether it’s to overcome high blood pressure, or manage anxiety, or to qualify for the Olympics, or to qualify for Boston. We are all runners, no matter what our caliber.

    April 12, 2017 at 9:39 am
  • Reply Emily

    Love how you keep it realistic and remind us that running is not defined by whether you get a Boston Qualifier or not. I probably will never get one, but I still love running all the same.

    April 12, 2017 at 9:42 am
  • Reply Ange // Cowgirl Runs

    Love this post, friend!
    A few years ago a BQ was more on my radar, but now with my blood pressure issue (ugh) I’m needing to run slower and that’s okay. I’d rather be healthy long-term than push for an arbitrary number.

    April 12, 2017 at 10:42 am
  • Reply Laura

    I love the emphasis on compete only against yourself! Getting a BQ was a big deal for me early on in my running because I knew I was so close to it and needed to prove to myself that it was doable. Now it’s less about the BQ and more about chipping away at my prs to see what else I have in me before I hit 40 and start to decline. πŸ™‚

    But yes, a BQ does not define a runner and in the grand scheme of things really doesn’t matter!

    April 12, 2017 at 11:39 am
  • Reply Janelle @ Run With No Regrets

    Being able to BQ has honestly never crossed my mind. I admire those who get to run Boston either as charity runners or through qualifying times. I totally agree that it’s about competing against yourself and being the best you, not trying to compare yourself to others. Great advice!

    April 12, 2017 at 2:49 pm
  • Reply Helly on the Run

    I know that a BQ isn’t what will define me as a runner, but it is an important goal to *me*. In fact, I never thought I’d be in the position to even attempt a BQ, so trying for it is as meaningful–maybe more–than I think getting the BQ time. I get satisfaction from all races, fast or “slow”, but I know that hanging that Boston medal on the rack will feel a little more special when that day comes.

    April 12, 2017 at 2:56 pm
  • Reply Annmarie

    I toyed with the idea of training for a BQ but right now just isn’t the right time. Maybe when I am older (if I am still in good shape) I will attempt to qualify πŸ˜›

    April 12, 2017 at 5:19 pm
  • Reply Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday

    Given my adverse reaction to the half distance, I don’t *see* a full in my future, and that’s okay. Still not completely out of the question. I run because I love it. I wouldn’t mind getting faster, just for the challenge of it, but I’m grateful for any day I can run, fast or slow.

    April 12, 2017 at 6:18 pm
  • Reply AdjustedReality

    As someone that would need to take over an hour off my PR to qualify, I figure I might get there when I’m, like 60. It sounds like a fun goal to try for someday, but I don’t think it determines my self-worth as a runner (especially since I’m now more of a triathlete than a runner anyway).

    April 12, 2017 at 6:46 pm
  • Reply Kerri Olkjer

    I used to really really really really want a BQ. But, with the wandering path my life has taken the last few years, I just don’t know that I want to put in the work anymore. Ha ha! And that’s OK.

    April 12, 2017 at 6:59 pm
  • Reply Carmy @ carmyy.com

    I’d love to be able to BQ but I don’t even think I’m going to run a marathon. It’s too intense!

    April 12, 2017 at 7:42 pm
  • Reply abbey

    awesome thanks for sharing!

    April 12, 2017 at 9:00 pm
  • Reply Kimberly Hatting

    You have masterfully written out what I have often thought about (well, except for that significant detail about actually having a BQ LOL). I agree, it would be such a landmark victory for me, but it does not guarantee a spot at the start line…..and I don’t think it’s healthy (?) for anyone to treat it as such a do or die feat.

    April 12, 2017 at 9:28 pm
  • Reply Chrissy

    Unfortunately, I’m not a runner but it sounds like you got it a good mind set for your running game. Keep it up!

    April 12, 2017 at 9:33 pm
  • Reply Jamie king

    I love that treadmill e-card – so funny, so true!

    April 12, 2017 at 11:08 pm
  • Reply Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

    Every year people start talking bout Boston and I get a little jealous. Alas, I think my running days are over… and I never could hold my body together long enough to train for a marathon. My knees say NO. Bollocks.

    April 13, 2017 at 1:38 am
  • Reply Thoughts on Getting Slower • Cowgirl Runs

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    April 13, 2017 at 4:00 am
  • Reply Alaina @ The Simple Peach

    YAS Girl! Naturally I want to run it all including Boston, but I want to run for life. I’m hopeful that eventually my age and level of fitness will align (along with the stars). I like to focus on experiences instead of paces. My life and my running has been so much more joyful this way and I wish others had this mentality. I think people focus on a BQ as this benchmark, but sometimes lose the joy of running because they obsess over this benchmark.

    April 13, 2017 at 8:50 am
  • Reply Christina Bauer

    This is such great advice! I have no such goals of running a BQ, but it’s important to remember that a time cannot and should not dictate your entire running career πŸ™‚

    April 13, 2017 at 10:43 am
  • Reply Angela @ happy fit mama

    Prior to 2015, I wanted a BQ but it was something that was more of an after thought rather than my number 1 goal. Now I want it to get closure and finish what I started. I know plenty of kick ass runners who have BQ’d but never ran Boston. I also know tons of kick ass runners who have never come close to a BQ but inspire me to no end. We all have different goals and what moves us. Find that and go with it.

    April 13, 2017 at 10:44 am
  • Reply Esther

    Running a BQ is 1 aspect of life that I think is cool, and it takes hard work to get there. But there are many things in life that are cool and take hard work. For me as a runner, I don’t even want to be know as a runner. At the end of the day I want to be known for being kind, compassionate, a good friend, a loving wife and (hopefully) and great mother.
    Great great post!!!!

    April 13, 2017 at 11:26 am
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  • Reply Lacey@fairytalesandfitness

    I agree. Reaching a BQ does not justify you are a runner. As long as you are out running, you are still lapping everyone that is on the couch. I am happy to say that I have BQ twice, but even if I would never have, I would still love running and would not think any less of myself.

    April 18, 2017 at 8:45 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Nor should you think any less of yourself!

      April 18, 2017 at 10:35 am

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