3:29:36. That was my official time for Sunday’s Modesto Marathon — a full 5 minutes and 24 seconds faster than my Boston Qualifying cutoff. I did it!
And so did Madera runner Audrey Crow. She beat her BQ time by nearly two minutes in Modesto, with an official time of 3:53:02.
Some of the visions I had during my long training runs were nearly spot-on. I really did breeze past the finish line, hands victoriously stretched above my head.
I had known by Mile 22 that I was going to qualify for the Boston Marathon unless something went terribly wrong. I slowed down drastically during the last six miles of the race, but I found it in me to sprint the last 0.2. My running buddy Roberto, who had finished the half marathon that day, was running alongside me but outside of the finishing chute yelling, “Look at the clock! You can beat 3:30!” I was satisfied with my forthcoming BQ, but thought, “What the heck, might as well go for it.” I glided in as the race clock read 3:29:57...