You just know they are going to put him up with the elite runners<img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif">my friend. Which would mean he'd have a headstart on ya.<br><br>
All kidding aside he'll probably be signing bibs in the 1st Corral. Don't forget your throw away pens.
I've had my bib signed a few times (Bill Rodgers, Frank Shorter) - but I won't be looking for one from Lance.<br><br>
He's just not an accomplished enough marathoner for me to want his siggie on my bib...<br><br>
Geez, don't make it so obvious what you're trying to say...YES, I will be happy to sign your bib, just stop begging and pleading and making a spectacle of yourself! <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
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So, what's your goal at Boston, PC?<br><br>
My PR (January last year) was 3:18 at Phoenix Rock 'n' Roll on a 45mpw base, and was thinking I'd like to qualify for Boston <b><span style="text-decoration:underline;">AT</span></b> Boston this coming April.<br><br>
But now I'm kicking ass at Pfitz 24/70 and just last weekend "Goofy Doubled" (with no taper beforehand) the half in 1:30 and the full in 3:34 - and both felt like "jogs" - actually did that 3:34 with a six minute negative split! <img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><br><br>
I'm not thinking I can go sub-3, but this mileage base is making me pretty cocky! Think I might shoot for 3:10...<br><br>
My goal right now is to go to Boston (sorting through family vacations and budgets so it's not looking good!) If I go, my goal would be same as NYC, since I crashed and burned there - sub 2:45. Boston is a more familiar course to me and there's no busy pacing schedule leading up to Boston, so I'm pretty confident in that. If Lance is there - I may adjust by a few minutes either way to soak in the crowd he'll gather (plus maybe he'll need a pacer!) How many times do you get a chance to run with a 7 time TdF champ and a sports icon?!
I've also had my bib signed by Bill Rodgers.<br>
It took place at the 2005 Cleveland Marathon Expo. It was pretty cool to chat with him. He even signed a picture of himself running the Falmouth Road Race early in career.<br><br>
My plan was to run with a pace group that day. The pace leader of the 3:00 group asked me what I was hoping to run that day. I said 2:57. So, he signs my bib - <b><i><span style="text-decoration:underline;">"2:57 or die"</span></i></b><br><br>
Finish Time - <b><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><i>2:57:49</i></span></b><br><br>
I also met Dan Browne at the 2006 Boston Marathon and he signed his own trading cards for us.<br><br>
Another chance meeting was at the 2002 Chicago Marathon. I had just qualified for my first Boston Marathon, running 3:05:12. After the race we were eating lunch in the Hilton Tower restaurant. Low and behold, standing at the buffet table next to me was Paul Tergat. He had just finished 4th and ran a 2:06. Wow! Who new he would eventually go on to be the first elite marathoner to run sub2:05.
Not about Lance - but have any of you seen Patti Dillon/Lyons/Catalano speak? She very entertaining (my daughters really appreciated her) and I got my picture taken with her the last time I saw her (last weekend at Disney).<br><br>
Oh yeah, her Boston connection is she was SECOND three years in a row - 1979, 1980 (Rosie Ruiz year!) and 1981 - in fact, she broke her own U.S. Female marathon record at Boston in 1981 by running 2:27:51.<br><br>
Wish I would have had her sign my bib...<br><br>
OK - another story! <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
Saw Frank Shorter at Phoenix last year when I was trying to BQ - told him that as I was chatting with him - so he signed my Phoenix bib "On To Boston!"<br><br>
Then saw him at Boston and he signed my bib "Congrats, knew you could do it!" - which is B.S., because he didn't know I could do it - but the sentiment was nice and it looks good in the shadow box I made! <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>