Today’s the big day, the start of the Boston Marathon sign-ups. I signed up first thing this morning. Now I’m completely committed. I mean I was before, but now after paying the $175 entry fee, I’ve got skin in the game, so to speak.
I made the decision to run Boston again after the devastating bombings at the 2012 Boston Marathon. I wanted to support the marathon one more time. Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21, is still awaiting trial on 30 federal charges. He faces the possibility of the death penalty if convicted. He and his older brother, Tamerlan, are suspected of detonating two homemade bombs near the finish line of the 2013 marathon, killing three people and injuring more than 260. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed during a shootout with police several days after the bombings. Check out my blog entry last March for more information on the bombings. http://www.breakingbarriersblog.com/category/boston-marathon/
Since I’ve made the commitment to run, I’ve decided to go for it. I want to break a barrier…weather permitting. The last time I ran Boston in 2011 the temperatures soared to 90 degrees on some parts of the course. Well…I ran a PW that time. That’s a personal worst—running the course, or should I say limping it, in over 5 ½ hours. Check out my story at http://www.breakingbarriersblog.com/2012/04/. I had intended that to be my last Boston Marathon, but who can end on such a low? Then when the bombings occurred, I didn’t vacillate any further. I made the commitment to run two more marathons—one to qualify and then Boston 2015. Well, I qualified last December at the California International Marathon. Since I broke four hours and my qualifying time (for a woman at age 60) is 4:25, I got to sign up on the first day of registration. So I’m set to go.
As luck would have it, I had a birthday. Yeah, I know, they pretty much come around every year. This one was a big one for me, my 60th. Yes, I made it to a new running group. Yea… But, when it comes down to it, age really is just a number. I thought about running my last Boston for fun and just taking my time. But something inside is telling me to go for it. Do the best I can and see what I can do. After all, I’m in great shape and feeling good. The first time I ran Boston, in 2009, I ran a personal record at the age of 54. Wouldn’t it be great to do it again at age 60—at the Boston Marathon? We’ll see.
The point is to live life to the fullest—no matter what age you happen to be. Sure, training is hard work. But anything worth having is worth working for. Wouldn’t you agree? I may not succeed but at least I tried. I’m in the game and I’m loving life. Let’s break barriers together!
Book Note: Yes, I’m going to finish that book! I’m in my final rewrite. Meanwhile, I’ve been busy. I’ve now recorded and produced three audio CDs, HOW TO NEVER BE UNEMPLOYED—Featuring The Ten Keys To Writing A Resume That Gets Interviews , THE NINE KEYS TO EFFECTIVE INTERVIEWING—Learn The Most Important Secret To Getting The Job, and THE EIGHT KEYS TO GETTING A JOB IN ANY MARKET—Learn A Recruiter’s Secrets To Marketing Yourself. In October I will record and produce my fourth audio CD, AVOID HIRING MISTAKES—The Seven Biggest Hiring Mistakes Hiring Managers Make. The CD’s and MP3 downloads will soon be available on my (soon to be live) website. www.doloreslara.com.