Boston Marathon: Got My Registration In!

A few people have asked me if I got into the Boston Marathon given the registration mess that occurred. I’m happy to report that I was well prepared at 9:00 AM on registration day and did manage to get in (pending verification of my BQ time). I had suspected that it was going to fill fast, though I won’t go so far as to say that I though it would fill in 8 hours. After about 25 failed attempts to register with the initial BAA form, a friend on Twitter forwarded me a corrected URL that got me in on the first try – yet another benefit to being a part of the on-line running community!

In other Boston related news, I purchased my first ridiculously overpriced race photo since my fist marathon, and you can see it below from the finish line at the Hampton Smuttynose Rockfest Marathon. Regarding my left foot, after an extensive review of the scientific literature, I have come to the conclusion that heel striking is the most efficient way to land while fist-pumping in celebration of a hard-earned BQ :)

About Peter Larson

This post was authored by Peter Larson. Pete is a recovering academic who currently works as an exercise physiologist, running coach, and writer. He's also a father of three and a fanatical runner with a bit of a shoe obsession. In addition to writing and editing this site, he is co-author of the book Tread Lightly, and writes a personal blog called The Blogologist. Follow Pete on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and via email.



Comments

  1. I love this picture so much. Congrats on Boston!

  2. Ok, here’s a funny ‘experiment of one’ story. I’ve been tinkering with midfoot striking and everything that goes with it. Without getting too much into personal biomechanics and all, since midfoot striking I’ve had some good bouts of PF and some interesting knee pain and heel pain. Seriously, heel pain from not heel striking. After I switched back into my neutral cushioned shoes and my old pretty decent running stride, the PF has completely subsided and no more knee pain. Heel pain is fading fast. Just totally strange. If it ain’t broke…
    Congrats on getting into Boston!!

    • Pete Larson says:

      Thanks! Form is one of those things where if you have been running fine for
      a long time, probably not much reason to mess with it. The heel pain with a
      transition is actually not unusual and probably caused by landing on your
      forefoot and having the plantar fascia tense and pull on it’s insertion on
      the calcaneus (heel bone). This has happened mildly on my left foot as well
      from time to time. Those connections need to be strengthened, which is one
      of the reasons a gradual transition is necessary. It sounds
      counter-intuitive, but this is a case where impact on one part of the foot
      can be transmitted to a spot a distance away through connective tissues.

      Pete

  3. HEEL STRIKER

    ;)

  4. HEAL STRIKER!!!

    ;)

  5. congrats, see you there!

  6. When I cross the finish line at a marathon… I can hardly crack a smile… let alone pump a fist. Even first place finishers never look that happy Pete (It must be the shoes and the GU).

    Did you run that race or jog it? – Joking – Congratulations for getting in.. Boston not only makes it difficult for you to qualify but also to register, funny.

    Questions: What is the biggest lesson you learned from this marathon and what will you use or not use for Boston?

    • Pete Larson says:

      Biggest lesson is a tough one. Probably the fact that smart pacing and not
      going out too fast seems to be the way to go – second consecutive marathon
      in which I’ve used that approach and did not hit the wall. Also, don’t
      obsess about the course and the unknowns – just run your race in the moment.

      About Boston – honestly haven’t even begun to think about it yet! I learned
      that I do not like the GU flavors I had very much, and will likely go back
      to Carb Boom! in Boston.

      Pete

  7. Seeing this picture brings tears of joy to my eyes! I was so thrilled to be a part of your BQ : )

  8. Asanchez2323 says:

    heel strike

  9. Congrats on the Boston entry! I managed to squeak in last week too after five attempts. First Boston.
    Love to read your posts as I have been experimenting with more minimalist shoes over the last year.

  10. Julie @ Hotlegs Runner says:

    Well it’s money well spent! that’s an awesome pic!

  11. Pete, nice job of having that ‘camera-sense’ to make sure you look your best at the finish. I decided to order my finishing pic (yes, ridiculously priced!) from the Detroit Free Press marathon last week, with me pointing over my head at my finish time! I have no idea how it came out so good, but now I finally got a decent pic to use for my facebook page. Time to start looking at Boston training chedules and all that hill training!

  12. Indeed money well spent (with all funds raised reimbursing the color-coordinated recycling box-car strategically located along the photographer’s sight-line so-as to highlight the runner and their yellow bib ;-) Congrats again!

  13. RunningPT12 says:

    Glad to hear that you survived the BAA registration debacle. I don’t know how I made it through so smoothly but I too got online right at 9 and somehow made it through in just a few minutes. Great pic – Heel striking during victory celebrations doesn’t count as bad form!

  14. walt chadwick says:

    As the Aussies’ say, “good on ya”. Take care, stay healthy, enjoy your running and family.

  15. Great you got in, Peter! See you there perhaps. Too funny with the heel strike, I was noticing the same with me at the finish line of MDI. Congrats again!!!

    • Pete Larson says:

      At mile 26.199 after leaving it all out there, I wouldn’t expect much other
      than a heel strike! Not to mention the fact that you are slowing down as you
      cross the line.

      Pete

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