2013 Sub-3:00 Marathon Goal Thread (Read 2193 times)

    Might want to get a 2:53 as coral #1 might get a little harder to hit

     

     

    Ok, where is the line for corral #1 usually?

    DoppleBock


      I am not sure - I thought @ 2:55 ~ But my 2:56:07 was good for bib 2045 = Coral #3, But I think Coral #1 was elites ?

       

      Someone smarter than me should answer as I think they changed it from the last time I was there ... It used tobe that your bib# coincided with the coral #.

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      2013 Goals ~ Mar < 3:00, 5M < 29, 10k < 35  

       


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        Pretty sure you needed < 2:50 at least for the first corral this year.

         

        Next year, 2:55 might not even get you 2nd corral. I was 2703 (high third corral) with 2:58:38 this year.

         

        Since last year, first corral is bibs < 1000; they changed the numbering. Which makes it even harder, because now there are fewer non-elite first corral slots, with elites taking many of those numbers.


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          The application volumes used to start swelling significantly around 2:55.  With the switch to the new system it has been even tougher the past couple years, and I expect anyone wanting to guarantee themselves 1st corral should be thinking no higher than 2:50.

          "If you want to be a bad a$s, then do what a bad a$s does.  There's your pep talk for today.  Go Run." -- Slo_Hand

           

          DoppleBock


            So 2nd coral started @ 2:55:XX (guessing based on my 2045 # with a 2:56:07)

             

            Does that mean if I run fast enough for Coral #1 I can hang with bib #1 before the race starts?

             

            Don't matter, I do not plan on running sun 2:50 or likely 2:47 for better for 2014

             

            Pretty sure you needed < 2:50 at least for the first corral this year.

             

            Next year, 2:55 might not even get you 2nd corral. I was 2703 (high third corral) with 2:58:38 this year.

             

            Since last year, first corral is bibs < 1000; they changed the numbering. Which makes it even harder, because now there are fewer non-elite first corral slots, with elites taking many of those numbers.

            http://a-big-horse.blogspot.com/ 

            2013 Goals ~ Mar < 3:00, 5M < 29, 10k < 35  

             


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              So 2nd coral started @ 2:55:XX (guessing based on my 2045 # with a 2:56:07)

              No, third corral started at 2:55:XX. The trend is that the cutoffs get lower every year, and next year there will be extra interest. I wouldn't be surprised if it takes ~2:47 for first corral next year.


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                #1000 this year qualified with a 2:49:05. You can bet it will be tougher next year.

                 

                I'm getting faster, but going backwards. My first sub-3 (2:59:38) got me second corral in 2010; now that takes 2:55.


                Feeling the growl again

                  #1000 this year qualified with a 2:49:05. You can bet it will be tougher next year.

                   

                  I'm getting faster, but going backwards. My first sub-3 (2:59:38) got me second corral in 2010; now that takes 2:55.

                   

                  Things have really changed (in a good way).  Back in 2001 a 2:53 placed me solidly in the middle of the 1st corral (# in 1640s).  IIRC between conversations at the time the cutoff was ~2:57 to the next corral.

                  "If you want to be a bad a$s, then do what a bad a$s does.  There's your pep talk for today.  Go Run." -- Slo_Hand

                   

                  Hipfan


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                    2014 Goals and PRs:

                    5k - 17:59 (18:17);  10k - 37:00 (37:54);   HM - 1:21:59 (1:24:21);   FM - whatever (3:05:46)


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                      Very cool, thanks.

                        That is an outstandingly informative table.  Thanks for posting it.  Looks like my qualifying time for 2014 would allow me to just squeek into Corral #2, based on the table's 2013 data.  If I'm in Corral 3 so be it - won't affect my finishing time any.


                        Feeling the growl again

                          Great table, thanks for sharing.  Wow, could Corral 1 really take a 2:45 for 2014?  I would not be surprised to see a 3-minute shift...I already know a few faster guys who had "been there, done that" with Boston who are now looking to do 2014.

                          "If you want to be a bad a$s, then do what a bad a$s does.  There's your pep talk for today.  Go Run." -- Slo_Hand

                           


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                            DoppleBock


                              Not gonna happen for this dude - I just cannot turn the corner to care enough to go hard core weight loss and 1)  I need to be near 200 and 2)  Train hard to get to 2:45.  I think I could train hard, but to train hard and lose 30# is more than I am willing to sign up for in the next 8 weeks.

                               

                              Great table, thanks for sharing.  Wow, could Corral 1 really take a 2:45 for 2014?  I would not be surprised to see a 3-minute shift...I already know a few faster guys who had "been there, done that" with Boston who are now looking to do 2014.

                              http://a-big-horse.blogspot.com/ 

                              2013 Goals ~ Mar < 3:00, 5M < 29, 10k < 35  

                               

                                I was in corral 1 in '11 and '12 , corral 2 for '10 and '13. I think I crossed the start line this year in link 30 seconds from corral 2. In '11 I crossed in about 15 seconds. Race was extremely crowded this year, at all paces. I did a 3:07 and came in 328x th place. This past Boston probably was one of the most deep marathons out there. However, the crowdedness helps slow you down from going out like a bat out of hell....

                                 

                                I have a BQ-7:26. I'm hoping it is enough... I'm hoping to run fast enough in the fall to get in at least corral 2. I hope.