One of my favorite running bloggers asked me in 2011 if I had any desire to run NYC Marathon. I told her no. Yes but no. One year I ran the last 10 miles of the course with my mom to meet my uncle at the finish, another year I ran in an old cross country teammate to the finish of her first marathon, other years I have worked the expo for both of my previous employers, and still other years I have cheered on thousands of people I didn’t know. The race looked fun but VERY VERY crowded and I said I didn’t want to run it till I didn’t have time as my main goal.
After she spectated NYC in 2011 she said she wanted to run it sooner than later….which got me thinking…..
I had so much fun with #teamwatermelon at Marine Corps Marathon a repeat performance at NYC might be fun!
On New Years Day I was looking at marathon stuff online and noticed an article on NYC and how the marathon raised their entry fees this year $60 – $255 for a US resident that is not a member of the New York Road Runners, $347 for an international runner. It was in that moment I decided I would never fork up $255 for a marathon. The marathon I am targeting this spring B & A marathon is $50 – while much smaller – it just seems insane to me to pay over $9 per mile to run NYC. [CLICK HERE to read the article]
But as I have learned many times in life BUT OFTEN FORGET – my feelings change, my thoughts change – my plans CHANGE.
That night we headed out for dinner to Chipotle – when we got there it was closed. We headed to a local pizza place, Flippin Pizza, only to find that it had closed down permanently. We drove to another pizza place called Manhattan Pizza as our last ditch effort for a meal out.
When I parked I looked at the mileage on my car [I don't typically do this] and saw it said 20602 [26.2 in my eyes!]
When we sat down after we had placed our order Miles handed me the number you put on your table. 11. I asked Eric if he did this on purpose.
When we walked outside to get in the car – I looked at the sign Manhattan Pizza again – I snapped a pic and said to Eric I think I should run NYC.
I felt like I had just decided something BIG.
The next day while waiting in the pre-school line to pick up Miles I looked up what the guaranteed entry qualifying times were. 3:23 for my age group – nice.
Then I noticed a red statement that said the rules are changing for guaranteed entries in 2013.
In 2013 the marathon time I would need to run is 3:00:00 – ummmm hello?!? That’s nuts. A 23 minute drop?
Turns out that so many people are now running marathons that they predict in 5 years if they kept all the different ways to gain guaranteed entry the same – there would be no entries available via the lottery system. So they had to make dramatic changes.
This made my decision easy.
Last week I got this little gem of an email —
See you in November NYC!