After NINE hours of checking my email, bank account, and NYRR’s website (every 5 minutes) I finally got the bad news… I was NOT accepted (by lottery) into the ING New York City Marathon (NYCM).
To tell you the truth, I wasn’t even sure if I wanted to ever run a marathon a few days ago. I registered for the lottery because I had done so the past 2 years and “what are the chances?” Not until noon on Wednesday did I realize how much I wanted to get in! Because of the amount of registrants in the lottery, it takes a REALLY REALLY long time to pick whatever amount was picked this year by the NYRR (New York Road Runners). I know chances this year were even slimmer (due to Hurricane Sandy and the NYCM 2012 being canceled) but for some reason (like every year) I feel like I have this big chance of getting in and don’t understand why I don’t. Anyway, being rejected 3 years in a row means I am GUARANTEED for 2014. So yes, I will be running the NYCM 2014!
But what does that mean for me now? I am in tip top running shape (for me) and have become so much faster (again, for me… its relative, people) in the last year thanks to CrossFit and speed work. I was hoping to get into NYCM so that if I was to only run one marathon in my life, it would be in New York City. But, I am impatient. Since, I am currently in half marathon shape, I need to strive to something else.
A marathon. But where? I am now searching for the new best marathon for me to run this fall. Chicago was my next choice but since it is well beyond sold out, I don’t see the as an option for me. I am willing to travel (dependent on the costs) but I prefer to stay on the East Coast. My two other options right now are the Wineglass Marathon in Corning, NY on October 6th or the Anthem Richmond Marathon in Richmond, VA on November 16th.
I am very open to suggestions for others. I am still doing my research but these two were suggested to me by Ashley. She is running the Wineglass Marathon along with a few friends running the half and even said she would accompany down to Richmond if I chose to run that one (you are stuck into doing that now since the whole world knows, Ash!). I am torn between running a marathon WITH a friend, with being used extremely lightly since I know Ashley is looking to PR, and running a race that has great reviews and is known as America’s Friendliest Race. Who wouldn’t want their first race to be at a friendly one? Although I am not sure how friendly I can be after 26.2 miles.
Not to mention how nervous I am to begin training for a full marathon again. Remember what happened last time? Over 6 months of IT band and knee injury!
And not a whole lot of running happened. I am nervous that once I get back into those SUPER LONG miles, that I will injury myself again. I know I just need to remind myself to stretch, ice, and foam roll to prevent another injury but the thought still lingers in the back of my mind. But regardless, I am going to train to run another marathon.
Any suggestions? I need YOUR help. If you loved or hated a marathon that you have run, please tell me why! If you have heard great things about another, tell me!!!