Boston 2015

“People with goals succeed because they know where they are going… It’s as simple as that. “- Zig Ziglar

Since I ran my first marathon in 2008, people have asked me: “Have you run the Boston Marathon?”,  “Do you plan to run the Boston Marathon anytime soon?” Even the non-runners know the value of the Boston Marathon. For runners like us, the Boston Marathon is a once in a lifetime goal. It is a very difficult task for an everyday runner like me who did not start running until late in life.  If I want to be accepted at the Boston Marathon, I need to run a qualifying marathon in 3 hours and 15 minutes (or better). After running 20 marathons and two ultra-marathons, my best marathon time is 3 hours and 29 minutes.

I am not sure when I will get to the Boston Marathon. Looking through all options, I have decided on a possible year when I can qualify for– 2015. I call it the “Boston 2015.” Now, I have a deadline. I need to find a way to reach to that goal. I have looked at the Zig Ziglar’s  7 Steps of Goal Setting. It has a lot of insights that I believe work for me.

As a marathon runner, I always have a goal. Since I started to run, I have gone season by season. I always have a start and an end of a season. I know some goals in life take longer than others, but so far I have been able to reach most of the goals that I have set. I hope that I will get to the Boston Marathon by 2015.

Here are few a “how to’s” on reaching the goal of qualifying for Boston:

Boston Goal 2015
Do more Speed workouts
More tempo runs
Run fewer marathons per   season.(Currently, I run 6-8 marathon and ultra marathon a year)
Run shorter distance races for   speed
Log more road and trails training   miles
Talk and train with people who   have done Boston in the past
Talk and train with like-minded   runners who are trying for their first Boston qualifying time
Use training time wisely
Be organized
Read other people’s blogs,   articles, and books on running
Get older  🙂 (Yes, this is a real goal for a lot of us)
Run hills

(I will update this table as I receive tips from other runners)

Reaching any goal in life takes time. It is taking time for me to get to the Boston Marathon. I was not a runner before 2007. I am willing to wait. I will work each and every day for the next few years to line up at the Boston Marathon by 2015.



“Write it down. Written goals have a way of transforming wishes into wants; can’t into can; dreams into plans; and plans into reality. Don’t just think it – ink it!” – Author Unknown




Suman Silwal, Founder marathonRuns –, marathon and ultra marathon runner since 2007.


Thanks April Stalevicz and Lea Davis for reviewing and editing this post!


10 thoughts on “Boston 2015

  1. I admire your goal setting Suman. I think short races for speed and marathon pace runs are two important keys. i think you’re setting yourself short though. I would set a goal of Boston 2014. 14 minutes can be an eternity in a marathoner’s life, but then again, it might be right around the corner. Age is not a kind companion, you’re strong now, keep focused. Good luck, though luck has little to do with it.

  2. I’m working on that goal right now too! My goal race is in a couple of weeks, and my fingers are crossed that it goes well. I’ve been using the Run Less, Run Faster plan, and I like that the speed workouts (and all paces in the plan) are specific to my goal race time. And running is the one thing that has me super excited about getting older.:)

  3. Thanks everyone for your support. I have a updat on this post. I ran 3 hrs 21 min PR last weekend at 7 bridges marathon! Now, I am only 6 min from Boston. Like Coach Al said, it may come early than 2015. If that happens, I will take it! 2013 Boston is closed now! Next stop, the Rocket City marathon!

  4. Find an intermediate to advanced marathon training program that pushes your limits and then search for the fastest marathon course you can find (i.e. Rocket City in Huntsville, AL). You’ve made fantastic improvement in the last few years and I know you will reach your goal. Good luck!

  5. I too, have set a goal for Boston 2015 and I’m working on my qualifying time. Keep dreaming, keep believing & keep running! You’ll do awesome!

    Thx for sharing & Best of luck!!!

  6. I have been a runner all my life but would never be able to qualify for the Boston marathon. I am currently 53 years old and have always fantasized about running the marathon. My wife recently passed away from a stroke and it has been heart wrenching to say the least. Running always gave me a sense of accomplishment but lately just getting out of bed is an accomplishment. If there was a way I could run this for her it would be a dream come true. It would also give me a year to train for the 2015 marathon and a reason for having to get out of bed.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *