charactercomms (charactercomms) wrote in little_details,

marathon running

I have a question about running marathons in the current day US. I've done quite a bit of research (wikipedia, running websites, etc) and have a general understanding, but as someone who used to fake sick on mile day in gym class, some personal experience info would be great. Because of that, I'm not sure this is google-able.

1) So I have an 18 year old female character who runs 3-5 miles a day, every day, and on weekends, quite often more. She's been doing so for just over a year, and before that, ran sporadically. Would 9 weeks be enough time for her to train for a marathon so that she could finish in 3 hrs, 40 min (to qualify for the Boston Marathon)? Or should she still need the typical 16 weeks I've seen outlined on many running websites?

2) My other question is Boston Marathon specific, and I did read the Boston Marathon website very thoroughly but I wanted to make sure I was 100% clear on this detail. With registration opening for that in September, is it okay for the character's qualifying run to take place in, say, November, or even later, like January? Would she still be able to register for the Boston Marathon that late in the game or would she need to wait for the following year's?

Tags: ~sports (misc)

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