Before the city turns to winter and the holiday spirit fills the streets with tourist, runners from all over the world convene in New York City for one of the greatest races of all time. The New York City Marathon.
In 2010 I signed up in the lottery for entry thinking there is no way I’m getting in. I was still not over the pain of running my first marathon but thought what the heck, there’s no way. Each year over 350 thousand people sign up for the lottery hoping they get in, only about 20K of those people are lucky enough, I was. How ironic. So I backed out of the half Ironman I had signed up for and I trained hard. I ran many miles following my training plan, I attacked many hills and bridges. I was ready.
And then it fell apart, I got a cold, had stomach problems, which caused a sore back and tried legs. It was one of the toughest things I have ever done. While running through the streets I was inspired but not able to give my best. A half mile to the finish line I started to cry when a lady came up beside me and said to me “I can’t believe it we are going to finish in under 4:45!” My initial target time was 4:00, I was below target until mile 14 and everything fell apart running across the Ed Koch Bridge at mile 16. It was tough for me to hear the excitement in the womans voice because I had failed so bad. It took me at least a year to even think about running another marathon. That day in 2010, running literally broke my heart.
Last year I decided that I needed to change my experience at NYC Marathon. Local runners can secure a spot in the marathon by running 9 NYRR races and volunteering at one event. Determined to have a great NYC Marathon run I completed my guaranteed entry requirements. I was all set to run the marathon this year…. Then weddings got in the way. I have had to push my run back until 2014, four years after I initially was beat by 26.2. I can NOT wait.
This weekend 47,000 people will run 26.2 miles through all 5 boroughs. millions of people will line the streets to cheer on their friends and family. It is one of my favorite weekends of the whole year. I almost always cry, so many people conquering their fears, month of training, I love seeing other people challenge themselves. I’m very sad I’m missing all of the activities this weekend. I wish I was there with two of my best friends who are also racing it.
Best of luck to my running buddies Amanda and Andrea. You will kill it!
After the disappointment of the marathon being canceled last year I wonder what the energy will be like? Did any of you plan to run the marathon last year? If you live in or near the city please make the trip to cheer on the runners, you will not regret it.
I can’t wait to run this race next year. The first Sunday of November in 2014 I’m busy