Today is March 8th. Today is the day of the New York City Marathon lottery drawing which determines entry into the 2016 New York City Marathon should you have applied for the chance at entry via the lottery.
I applied. In January. When the entry period opened.
I always said I would never run a marathon quickly followed by I know I should never say never because one day I may wake up and decide it’s time to run the 26.2 distance.
I considered applying last year but my heart didn’t feel enough invested just in case I actually got accepted. It’s sort of weird, I know, that I have yet to run the marathon distance given how much I actually run on a regular basis but why run something if you don’t really want to do so?
I watch so many runners train and run marathons all of the time but I was never one to care what everyone else was doing. I have always liked to do my own thing and training for a marathon, in my opinion, really needs to come from within. You really need to want to do it in order to keep up the strength and determination for the training and then the race.
This year, a few things changed my standpoint on running the marathon:
1. I am not getting any younger. If I ever want to run the marathon, now is the time to do so (notice I say, the marathon – when you live in New York, the New York City Marathon is the marathon, as if other marathons don’t exist).
2. My dad really wants me to run the marathon at least once. Although he has not pressured me, every time I finish a long run, he reminds me that I only have x amount of miles more to complete the 26.2 distance. If he can run it three times, certainly I can — Read his thoughts on his first New York City Marathon here.
3. I found out a few weeks prior to the lottery entry period that I won free coaching for a race from a giveaway on Laura’s blog and took it as a sign.
The reality is, only less than 20% of entrants via lottery method will get accepted. I have been waited patiently but it has felt similar to waiting to take a pregnancy test.
Am I ? Am I not? Do I want to be? Can I do it? Am I ready for this?
I have put it out of my mind for the most part but still knew the date would approach when I would find out my fate.
Will I be disappointed if I don’t get in? Maybe for about three minutes. After that, I will focus instead on saving the enormous marathon entry fee followed by the immediate start of training for my fourth consecutive Long Island Half Marathon which will take place in about 8 weeks from now, on May 1st.
So that’s the plan. If I get in, Laura and I will be working together on training for the marathon! If I don’t get in, this week begins my training with Laura for the Long Island Half Marathon.
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