Double races: what better way to bid farewell to the old and ring in the New Year? That’s exactly what we did New Year’s Eve of this year with Cadence Double Dash (and thank my friend for the awesome idea!) The last 5K of 2015 was held at 10:30 pm, followed by a break, […]
Welcome to the Running Down a BQ Interview Series! We’re kicking off the interviews with a very special guest: accomplished triathlete, amazing coach, Rockin’ Runner, and great friend, Nancy Dickinson! Nancy was instrumental in training me to race triathlon, teaching me how to swim, and helping me overcome a fear of open water! Thanks to her guidance and support, I have finished three triathlons! Nancy has mastered the art of dedication, grit and has a true love of the sport. She doesn’t settle for just doing it. She dominates it!
The Running Down a BQ Interview:
What is your name (or nickname)?
Can you briefly describe your running history?
I only ran for conditioning in HS for other sports. I hated it. Long story short, in 2000, I broke my back. I worked in the water to rehab. I became indignant upon hearing I should never ever run. So I started running. A lot. Just to see….
Age when you ran the BQ (or first one, if more than one)?
Only one I ran was 2012. Year before the bombing with record heat. I was 32.
In which marathon did the magic happen? Date of race?
Phoenix Rock n Roll 2011
What was your finish time compared to the BQ Standard?
I came in over 20 min before my qualifying needs. Not fair, I know.
Can you tell us the story of your BQ race? How did you feel during the race and at crossing the finish line?
I was one of the rare few not chasing Boston. I was chasing understanding and embodying that which is the marathon. I wanted to know how it felt, especially how it hurt, and how to prepare others for it. I had a glorious surprise learning I so easily qualified for it. Then I walked backward downstairs for two weeks.
How many marathons have you run? How many attempts at the marathon did it take for you to BQ?
My qualifier was my first marathon. Don’t tell anyone. #againnotfair
What did your training look like leading up to your BQ race? Did you follow a training plan or running philosophy?
Yes, I followed my coach, Cyndee Platko diligently (trainwithcynee.com). She’s the master at the long course stuff having well over 20 years experience.
How about your diet?
It was perfect. In my fantasies.
Have you run Boston yet? How many times? Which year(s)?
2012. One time’s all I need. List CHECKED baby!!!
If so, what was it like to run the Boston Marathon?
It was unlike any other race I’ve ever been so blessed to participate. The spectators will never leave my heart. Boston is a sporting community. Sport is their blood, no matter WHAT kind. So from the time I was racing- perfect strangers cheering me on for 3 plus hours like I was breaking a world record, to being in pubs watching locals go NUTS over their team…..I was overwhelmed with the passion for performance and American professional sport. SO, so blessed to have been exposed to it, let alone one of the players.
Who or what inspires you to run? Any favorite quotes?
My own quote. F*** Motivation. It’s a testy bitch and rarely shows up. Just get out there and move your legs.
Do you have a running playlist? If so, what’s on it?
Yes. My breath.
What advice can you offer to hopeful first time Boston Qualifiers?
Embrace sooooo much more than the race and performance itself. You’re going up against the best in the world. So you might as well enjoy the history and culture, haha.
What three words would you use to describe what it takes to qualify for the Boston Marathon?
Type. A. Personality.
Do you have a website or blog you would like for me to link to?
Yes!!!!!! Blog page on www.corehore.com
Anything I missed?
Nada, you’re gooooood.
Thank you, Nancy, for sharing your story. You rocked your BQ and I am inspired to take on this challenge!
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The Dream: To run a Boston Qualifier (BQ) and run the Boston Marathon.
Why Boston? Many runners inherently understand the simple answer to this question. Because it’s Boston! The Boston Marathon is arguably one of the most sought after races in the world. It’s the oldest continuously run marathon on the planet, and many view it as the most prestigious. It’s also been one of the most elusive races, partially due to the strict qualifying standard.
Qualifying for Boston is an ambitious goal! Yet, somehow, there is a spark of hope for the average, middle of the pack runner like me, that with the proper dedication to training, and perhaps a little luck, I can actually do this! That’s all I need to keep putting one foot in front of the other. And when it does happen, I will know that I’ve made it as a runner!
I’m just an average 41 year old mom, former overweight smoker with half a dozen marathons and 20 odd half marathons under my belt. I have no natural running talents or abilities. Over the past 8 years since I have discovered and grown my love for running I have had many ups and downs but made significant progress from where I started to where I am now. So why me? Because why not?
Why this Blog? To share the love, Baby. I know there are many others out there who share the same dream of chasing the Boston Marathon Unicorn. For some of us, the BQ has not yet manifested, for others it has. No matter where we are on this running trail, we all have an experience to share. This is a place of sharing, support, and inspiration. Speaking of inspiration, the title of this website is inspired by the song, Runnin’ Down a Dream, by Tom Petty. The song has always been at the top of my playlist and never lets me down when I need it.
I’d love to hear your story. Feel free to comment and share.