Despite hitting my qualifying time by 2 minutes and 1 second, I did not get into Boston Marathon for 2016.  The field filled up with faster qualifiers.

Strangely, I could not be happier about it.  It’s not my time.

This moment is valuable.

It’s a valuable example to my kids that you don’t always get what you want. Sometimes you work very hard, think you have reached your goal, and then your destiny changes.  Life.

It’s a valuable reminder to be humble.  Glory (qualifying) and defeat (not qualifying by enough) coexist for each other and have a near invisible margin between them.

It’s a valuable challenge to be better than I was yesterday.  To run faster, to be more graceful, to be more accepting, to be stronger.  To be.

It’s a valuable incentive to continue to enjoy the journey.  There are few things as invigorating as having a goal to aspire to.  The journey is a tremendously beautiful thing.

It’s a valuable opportunity to reflect.  There is a time to balance allowing and desiring. What doesn’t make sense right now, will, as the pages of life are turned to the upcoming chapters.

It’s a valuable time to be thankful.  I can run and that’s a huge gift in itself.  I just might go do that right now!

To all who made it… CONGRATULATIONS and enjoy!  To those who didn’t… try really hard to smile 🙂

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5 thoughts on “Boston – no go, no glum!

  1. Smart text. I missed 46 sec. Despite hard 6 months special trainings. Despite, I run my qualification marathon with stressed fracture and did my personal best. Despite Boston marathon will be for my 42,195 anniversary. Despite, it was my dream.
    I can not be happy like you. I am sad.At least for a few days.

  2. Thanks for taking time to write what you did…my goal this year was to run Boston with my daughter….I ran 7 marathons this year and worked hard….my best qualifying time was 2 minutes exact and I was left behind by 9 seconds….bumming…but I do realize at 61 and accomplishing what I have done is something to be proud of….I just bought a coffee and the counter girl has two artificial legs….running Detroit in two weeks with my daughter….maybe someday Boston….

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