The Smile Project: Days 31-60

31. March 28: Sister got a big promotion at work and is moving back to Seattle!

32. March 29: Chocolate Malted Bread Pudding at Telegraph

33. March 30: I CAN RUN AGAIN!

34. March 31: Health Insurance

35. April 1: Run lululemon: Chicago has 169 likes and we haven’t even started yet #goosebumps.

36. April 2: I’m always pleasantly surprised when I call home and my 14 year old brother answers the phone. I guess I just expect my parents to but when he does and I hear his voice on the other end, I just know that my face lights up. I LOVE him.

37. April 3: 21 people

38. April 4: Yoga sculpt. (FYI this never makes me smile, today… it did)

39. April 5: Got territorial over my PT, kind of obsessed with her!!

40. April 6: “Christmas Eve”

41. April 7: The quiet of Rush St. in the early hours of Saturday morning before all the runners arrived for the first long run of the season. #thisiswhatilivefor

42. April 8: Easter pants, impromptu dinner guest, fresca, presents, random bouts of dance, visitors at work, laughing about some of said visitors, nicknames, meatings… and lack thereof.

43. April 9: The Gina & Shenna Show, Apres Recovery, Bon Iver

44. April 10: Runner’s glow and ninja kicks

45. April 11: #thatawkwardmomentwhen

46. April 12: Whole Foods, Mary & Dave, Angie & Mike, possibility, coaches, coaching, gelato

47. April 13: yogi friends

48. April 14: K&S, MC, MC, AB, Bone Marrow, Maudes, Old Town Social, Dave’s giant hugs

49. April 15: twelve foot spoons, BINGO arm, New Muffalo, Twitta.

50. April 16: Boston Marathon webcast online, reading my recap from a year ago, getting chills thinking about the work that’s paid off, the rotten heart

51. April 17: Taking on personal development, head first heart open

52. April 18: First Time Digs Re: Jessi, Beat Kitchen, quick smile-filled chat on the phone, making plans, integrity

53. April 19: #joblove, pub crawl, BEST FRIENDS

54. April 20: Instagram and photos of tulips all over this city!

55. April 21: Laura Mercier, RL, NoMi, Namaste

56. April 22: Usher “You Got it Bad” impromptu karaoke

57. April 23: Beauty Detox Solution cooking day

58. April 24: Angus Dunn and Erin Smith

59. April 25: Chase Bank customer service, Bart Yasso in the mail

60. April 26: Hillary, non-stick baking pans, margaritas, the Daily Tank, Liz Berey (<- always comes back to Liz Berey) :)

Run fast(er), qualify for Boston

The Boston Athletic Association just announced new qualifying times.  The site keeps going on overload because so many people are trying to read it.  I found a copy on the Runners World online forums.  Here’s another one:

BOSTON – The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) announced today a change in its registration process for the Boston Marathon, allowing the fastest qualifiers to enter the earliest and with a rolling admission system while also offering all eligible runners an increased registration period. The changes in registration are a response by the B.A.A. to greater than ever demand by runners to gain entry into the Boston Marathon and culminate more than three months of analysis, including input from the running industry. Rather than accepting runners who have met the qualifying standards on a first come, first served approach, a more systematic, performance-based process will be employed.

2012 Boston Marathon

For the 2012 Boston Marathon, registration will extend for two weeks, beginning on Monday, September 12, 2011 and continuing until Friday, September 23, 2011. The qualifying times for the 2012 Boston Marathon will not change from recent past years since the standards had been previously announced and have been in effect since last September. However, the new registration process addresses the increased demand among qualified runners to participate in the Boston Marathon and will accommodate those who are the fastest qualifiers first.

Registration will occur on a “rolling admission” schedule until the maximum field size is reached, beginning with the fastest qualifiers. On the first day of registration for the 2012 Boston Marathon, those who are eligible for entry by having met the qualifying standards for their age and gender group by 20 minutes or more will be able to enter on the first day of registration (September 12). On the third day (September 14), registration will open for those who have met their qualifying standards by 10 minutes or more. On the fifth day (September 16), registration will open for those who have met their qualifying standards by five minutes or more. During this first week of registration, applicants will be notified as they are accepted and their qualifying performance verified.

If the field size is not reached after the first week and additional space remains, then registration will open to all qualifiers at the beginning of Week Two (September 19) and those who have met the qualifying standards by any amount of time will be able to apply for entry. The application process will remain open for the entire week, closing on September 23. At the conclusion of Week Two, those who are the fastest among the pool of applicants in their age and gender will be accepted. Accepted athletes will be notified on September 28.

If space remains available after this two week process, registration will remain open to any qualifier on a first come, first served basis until the maximum field size is reached.

The field size for the 2012 Boston Marathon will not represent a significant increase from the most recent years.

Registration Process for the 2012 Boston Marathon

Dateregistration opens for runners with times…September 12, 201120 min., 00sec. or more below their qualifying time (based on age/gender) September 14, 201110 min., 00 sec. or more below their qualifying time (based on age/gender)September 16, 20115 min., 00 sec. or more below their qualifying time (based on age/gender)Second WeekSeptember 19, 2011All Qualified RunnersSeptember 23, 2011Registration closes for qualified applicantsSeptember 28, 2011 (appx)Qualifiers from entry during second week of registration are notified of their acceptance.

If the field is not filled at the conclusion of the two weeks, then registration will remain open and qualifiers will be accepted on a first come, first served basis until the maximum field size is reached.

2013 Boston Marathon

For the 2013 Boston Marathon, in addition to the new “rolling admission” process for registration which will be in effect for the 2012 Boston Marathon, the B.A.A. will adjust the qualifying times by lowering them by five minutes from the times which have been in effect in recent past years. The adjusted qualifying times will go into effect on September 24, 2011, and are as follows:

2013 Qualifying Times (effective September 24, 2011)

Age GroupMenWomen18-343hrs 05min 00sec3hrs 35min 00sec35-393hrs 10min 00sec3hrs 40min 00sec40-443hrs 15min 00sec3hrs 45min 00sec45-493hrs 25min 00sec3hrs 55min 00sec50-543hrs 30min 00sec4hrs 00min 00sec55-593hrs 40min 00sec4hrs 10min 00sec60-643hrs 55min 00sec4hrs 25min 00sec65-694hrs 10min 00sec4hrs 40min 00sec70-744hrs 25min 00sec4hrs 55min 00sec75-794hrs 40min 00sec5hrs 10min 00sec80 and over4hrs 55min 00sec5hrs 25min 00sec*Unlike previous years, an additional 59 seconds will NOT be accepted for each age group time standard.

Registration for the 2013 Boston Marathon will begin on Monday, September 10, 2012.

“As the number of qualified runners has increased combined with greater demand to run the Boston Marathon, our new registration process enables those who qualify by the greatest amount of time to have the longest period to enter,” said Tom Grilk, B.A.A. Executive Director. “Our new registration process takes into consideration the many comments we received from runners this past fall and winter, most of whom urged the B.A.A. to institute a system which recognizes athletic performance above all else.”

Additionally, to recognize and to encourage longtime Boston Marathon entrants, the B.A.A. will allow those who have met the qualifying times and who have finished the last ten consecutive Boston Marathons to enter anytime during the registration period. Currently, there are approximately 500 runners who have run 10 or more consecutive Boston Marathons.

The B.A.A. last adjusted the qualifying times for the 2003 Boston Marathon, relaxing times for runners who were 55 years old and older. The last time the qualifying times were made more stringent was for the 1980 Boston Marathon.

The 2011 Boston Marathon reached its maximum field size of qualifiers faster than any previous year when qualifiers rushed to fill the race and the qualified field closed in eight hours, three minutes.

(Source: baa.org)