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Casual runner to Marathon runner

How to go from casual runner to marathon runner?

The short answer would be run more! Casual mean you just running when you feel like it are 2 to 3 days a week. To become a marathon runner you have to increase your miles per week and have a system.

Casual runners just run for fitness are to feel good but have no system. This is like the person that goes to the gym run on the treadmill and then lift some weights and come back next week.

This person have no system at all and really is the reason that most people have a hard time lose weight, getting fit. The marathon runner has a system to follow. This is call a training plan means every run  and workout has a purpose. We are not just running to be running.

The first step would be to find a marathon training program and follow that system. This can be a free one are a pay training plan that fits your lifestyle and fitness level. The marathon is a hard race even for well train runners so to try to run a marathon without a training plan is not a good idea.

If the casual runner is ready to run 25 to 35 miles a week then they may be ready for a marathon. Let’s not deceived ourselves if you can’t run 20 plus miles a week you not ready to run a marathon. I would tell this runner to try shorter races like 5k 10k.

Respect the marathon if you don’t then this race will eat you alive not a distance to play with. The runner must be dedicate to a training plan and running more miles per week to go from casual to marathon runner.

 

 

Notice of Non-Acceptance -2018 Boston Marathon

  1. This was in my e-mail box when I got off from work Wednesday. Yeah! It hurts when you put in the work and your goals/dreams don’t come true! Marathon running can teach you a lot about life! There are people that give up and people that say we have some work to do! Let’s go back to the lab baby! #NEVERGIVEUP #boston2019 Thanks all my fb friends that have support me over the years in my running.
  2. Dear Marcus Brooks:
  3. Thank you for submitting your application for entry into the 2018 Boston Marathon. Regrettably, we are unable to accept your application due to field size limitations and the large number of applications we have received from runners who met the qualifying standards.
  4. The B.A.A. recognizes the achievement of everyone who has met the qualifying standards that have been established for the race. Those who meet – and aspire to meet – these standards have helped distinguish the Boston Marathon from any other marathon in the world, and we understand the effort, training, and commitment involved with achieving the qualifying times.
  5. To gain entry into the 2018 Boston Marathon, runners must have run 3 minutes, 23 seconds under their respective age group qualifying standard.
  6. In preparation for the 2018 Boston Marathon, the B.A.A. used the same registration process as in recent years. Registration was not first-come, first-served, but rather allowed for a more systematic and orderly application procedure. Given the field size limitations, the fastest qualifiers among those who submitted their entry were accepted.
  7. Qualifying performances achieved on or after September 16, 2017 will be valid for 2019 Boston Marathon registration. The 123rd Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 15, 2019.
  8. We appreciate your dedication to running and our sport, as evidenced by achieving your qualifying time and submitting an application for entry. We encourage you to continue your pursuit of running in a future Boston Marathon, and wish you the best of luck in future running endeavors.
  9. Sincerely,
    The Boston Athletic

Boston marathon registration

This was my first time being able to register for the boston marathon. As of right now this is very stressful waiting to hear back from the B.A.A in an email to see if you in are not.

The registration pocess was simple and quick for the most part. I had to use a different web browser the google chrome works find. It took me about 10 min to submit my information and for them to give me a ID number for my application.

They will tell you after the last page this is not a acceptance just to confirm you information. The fee cost me $185 and they say would only be charge to my account if I receive a acceptance e-mail.

Waiting for this e-mail is like waiting for test score to come back. This is Monday Stepmember 25, 2017 and I have still not receive a e-mail. I have been checking my e-mail box way to much in the last 5 days.

I have always told myself boston bound are rejected my goal is to crush my 3hrs 8 min PR in 2018. I will run a marathon under 3hrs. This will free me from worrying so much on this date next year.

Yes! It would hurt at first to be rejected after putting in all that hard work but that e-mail will be post mark everyday I train. If I get in the race then it would be my greatest accomplishment up to this date.

I was in a Job interview on Friday and ask the Guy that doing the hiring if I could have some time off to run Boston. I would be new to the Job and not have no vacation time are much time off. He say if you run boston I will make sure you get time off.

I thought wow! this is why boston is so big like the olympics for mortal runner’s like me and my readers! My goal with this blog is to help every boston dreamer run this great race on Marathon Monday in April!

Boston Bound

              

                The Boston Marathon Quest:

September 11, 2017, Is the open resgistration for 2018 boston marathon.  The first day is for the BQ runners who run 2o min and faster over their BQ time. Then the next would be for runners you run 10 min over the BQ time.  Next would be the runners who run 5 min then after this the runners who BQ.

This is all base on 30,000 entries in 2018 Boston Marathon. 80% of this field are BQ runners then the other 20% charity runners. There is no first come first serve in this marathon everything is base on times and age groups.

My age group is 35-39 and the BQ time of this group is 3hrs 10 min 0sec.  I was able to run a BQ of 3hrs 8 min in the derby festival marathon in Kentucky this year!

Will my time get me in the 2018 Boston marathon? I sure do hope so.  By 2017 times the answer would be no. One had to be at least 2min faster than his BQ time. I think there was over two thousands runnes that BQ and was turn down.

This blog/website theme will be all about giving marathon runners all the tools they need to BQ and cross the Finsh line on marathon Monday. I hope this site will  be the best site for runners that are in the ball park but need some extra inspiration and energy, running tips to BQ.

I know for so many marathon runners Boston is a dream and is the super bowl for mortal marathon runners. The goal is to help and serve competitive marathon runners who are obsessive by BQing and running at Peak Performance.

We will start with the history behind the greastest marathon race in the world and than examine  the why behind running boston.  Then we will focus on marathon fueling on how to overcome the wall (last six miles)

Green smoothies will play a major role in are marathon fueling strategy not man made supplements and fake energy. I have already show how green smoothies can help you marathon time if you drink at least one quart a day for six weeks.(green drink experiment)

I will be writing about my quest from receiving a letter of 2018 acceptance letter are being rejected and having to BQ again. The goal is to finish Boston. If you would like to join me let the team begin!

 

BQ for Ron

 

Let Run Home Ron!

Who is Ron? Ron was my co-worker at university hospital in food service for many years. He pass away back in April this year in his sleep. Why I am writing about Ron on a running blog because he play a role in helping me to BQ.

Ron, was always cheerful guy never really saw him mad. He love to smile and joke around. He was a very good cook at the hospital. He knew I was a runner because he saw me running downtown in Louisville. He would always ask me how is your running going Marcus? I would say find Ron!

Right before the Derby Festival marathon in Kentucky I talk to him about my upcoming race and told him about running to BQ. He say I hope you do this bro and be sure to represent the food service team at university hospital. I say I will do this Ron.

I was at home on a Thursday and reading my Facebook post and saw my co-workers start to post RIP RON. I thought to myself what happen to Ron and then I text my boss she told me they just found him dead in his sleep. I was like man we just talk about running. He was not that old about 47 years old. She told me I don’t know what happen but his girl friend find him dead in his sleep.

One guy told me at work he went home early because he was not feeling good. Ron love to work he would at times pick up a shift taking food to patients when we was short on the line.  Just make you think how short life is you can be here one day and gone the next. This is why I want to smile and just make other people happy this is what Ron did everyday at work.

I decided to dedicate my marathon to Ron and told all my coworkers and friends. I knew this run was going to be for him.  Running even most of the race until I hit the wall this mean my pace slow down and I could feel my body getting weak. I knew my BQ goal was still there just had to finish strong.

About mile 24 I told myself to run mile 25 slow and try to save the rest on my energy for the last mile. At this point my mind was like man this hurts can I do this? A runner behind me say this is too hard and drop off. Ok!  One mile to go for the BQ can I do this Marcus? I say Ron let’s run home  let’s run home Ron!!! I just started to sprint and people was cheering me on and my mind was so focus on my BQ. I kept saying let’s Run home Ron let’s run home Ron. I heard the announcer call my name out as I approach the finish line. I think he say go Marcus go Marcus!

When I cross the line I look at my watch and the time was 3Hrs 8 min. A guy gave me a high five. I was like  finally! It took me years to BQ but hard work and Inspiration help me this day. I was still a little nerves because the time clocks on the course was out because of a storm early that morning. I did not know if the clock was going to give me a different time. When I got home and saw my time my goal was accomplished baby! I told all my FB friends about what just happen and how Ron help me in the last mile.

This BQ was for Ron! RIP Ron “Big Rizz” 1971-2017- I love you!!!