The advice I've gotten seems to fall into the following categories:
- You're crazy for doing Boston with such a low qualifying time (3:20); wait until your older.
- You're crazy for doing the ENDURrun leading up to your BQ attempt; bow out of it, or do it super-slow and for fun.
- You're burning out; take time off running. Boston isn't going anywhere.
- Go out and meet some new runners you can train with; they'll motivate you.
- Yes, I'm crazy, I know. But, as I've said before, to many people, Boston is my Olympics. I was never into sports as a kid, and the ones I was into I was bad at. I'm a computer nerd, and just once I'd like to do an event that I have to try out for, not just pay some money to participate in.
- Yes, I probably shouldn't have done the ENDURrun this year. But it's done, and I am only doing it for the experience this year. I will NOT break myself in order to try and qualify. I only aim to keep my training and conditioning up, and perhaps improve it, on the way to Scotiabank.
- This one I know is happening, hence the motivation problems. The plan is to take some major time off after Scotiabank; fun runs only. No more intense training for anything for a while.
- This one is not a bad idea. I know a few people that are training at my pace, and I always do better running with others. I can't totally abandon my current running group, but the idea of doing some of the runs with new blood is appealing.