• Location: Chicago, IL
• Date: October 11, 2015
• Official Time: 3:03:40 (7:01 pace)
• Division Place: 244 out of 2,638
• Gender Place: 1,024 out of 20,174
• Overall Place: 1,161 out of 46,034
• Official Results
I am a Boston Marathon qualifier
Posted on October 18, 2015
It has always been a dream of mine to qualify for the Boston Marathon. On October 11, 2015, that dream came true.
It was such a special day – for many reasons. Not only did I finish the Chicago Marathon – my new hometown marathon – in under my goal time of 3:05, but it was also my one year wedding anniversary to my wife, Megan. Even more special, my qualifying time came less than a week after visiting and running in Boston while on vacation with her.
Overall, my training for the Chicago Marathon went great. I went into the taper period of my training feeling really confident in the progress I had made since my last race.
On race day, I went out with the 3 hour group, thinking I could keep pace with them the entire time. The pacers were clearly moving faster than 3 hour pace at the halfway point, when I crossed the 13.1 mile mark in 1:28:44 (6:46/mile pace) – which was a half marathon personal best for me. I continued with the 3 hour group for another 2-3 miles before I realized, if I was going to finish the race, I had to slow down and maintain a more manageable pace.