This brings me to my next topic, Earning. I am like my father, I believe you don't wear the race shirt of a race unless you have earned it. Last year Boston released their jackets a few weeks before the race and you could buy them online. My first thought was I need that, but then I thought how dumb am I going to feel wearing a Boston jacket, the most known race in the country and having people ask me how I did. What the hell would I say, umm I didn't qualify for it but I did buy the jacket to look cool, just doesn't sound right. When I see a person wearing a race shirt I assume they have run that race. I assume they earned the shirt. Imagine you finish a marathon and look over and some guy smoking a cigarette is wearing the medal. How would you feel then? A friend of mine told me that he has a person in the Boston area that could get him in the marathon. I told him I would not do that because when I go I want to be able to say I earned my spot. I know some people will get into a race using the charity or team option. Listen I am all for charity and I think running on a team is great, but once again for a race like Boston I want to earn my way in. I know some people say that could be the only way they will ever have a chance of running that race so they will take it. There are tons of people that I talk to that say I will never qualify for Boston so if I can get on a team or run for a charity I am going to jump on it. Listen you may qualify and you may not, but unless you really try how do you know? Some of the most inspirational stories are people saying they started running to lose weight. From there they fell in love with running and after so many years got into Boston. Before you throw in the towel and say you know you can't make it in, really try. If you don't see results and you still want to run it then I guess go for the charity or team. I however would rather watch from the sidelines and cheer everyone on.