Yesterday I went for my first run post Marine Corps Marathon. I was itching to run all week but reminded myself that it’s VERY important to allow enough recovery time if you want to attempt back to back marathons. Friday morning I decided not to make the trip up to NYC for the marathon and deferred till next year. As it would turn out the race was cancelled anyways. [a decision I think they should have made earlier in the week……]

  • Mile 1: 8:00
  • Mile 2: 8:10
  • Mile 3: 8:15
  • Mile 4: 7:27
  • Mile 5: 7:17
  • Mile 6: 6:56

My heart felt happy to be on the trail doing something I love. My legs got carried away and ended up running faster than I had planned.

This morning I went for an easy 10 miler. I realized that yet again everything that happens in life works out exactly as it is supposed to. There is no way these legs would have happily carried me through another 26.2 today. 10 miles was enough.

  • Mile 1: 8:35
  • Mile 2: 8:32
  • Mile 3: 8:34
  • Mile 4: 8:42
  • Mile 5: 8:30
  • Mile 6: 8:37
  • Mile 7: 8:17
  • Mile 8: 7:57
  • Mile 9: 8:00
  • Mile 10: 7:56

I know I should rest and I should just run one marathon this fall – but I don’t want to.

I want to tackle the 26.2 distance again.

I have no time expectations – which feels good.

My only goal is to feel as happy as I did during MCM a week ago.

I want to high five little kids. I want to smile at photographers. I want to point to girls in sparkle skirts. I want feel filled to the brim with joy. I want an endorphin high.

Richmond Marathon….here I come……

Were you planning on running New York City Marathon today? Will you run another marathon? What do you think of their decision to cancel at the last minute?

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  1. This is going to be awesome. Running for the joy of running, of course.

  2. Great pick! Richmond will always have a sweet place in my heart, as it was my first full! 😀 Have a great time, Dorothy!!!!!

  3. Still in NYC, trying to make the most of it! Registered for a marathon next weekend in Harrisburg, PA, to replace it, now to figure out the logistics of it with kids, etc:)

  4. Yayy RIchmond Marathon!

    I live a block from the race course and I’m hosting a couple awesome NYC bloggers for the race! We might do a little casual pasta dinner on Friday night if you want to join in :) Or if we don’t do that, we’re going to try to plan a little meet up at some point. I’ll keep you posted!

  5. good for you Dorothy! Can’t wait to hear how it goes.

  6. I hope to see you in Richmond this weekend!

  7. I just need to say that I LOVE your jacket!!!!! It is so cute!

  8. So proud of you!! Always proud of the decisions you make! Stay strong…Richmond- here you come. Miss and Love You! -Lorna Doone :)

  9. Denise C. says:

    Yay Dorothy! Let us know what you think of Richmond! Dream Big and Run Long! xoxox!

  10. Awesome! I will be there cheering for you.

  11. I have quite a few friends who make the trip up to NY to run the marathon and they are incredibly disappointed that the race was cancelled so late. Friday was a big travel day for anyone running a Sunday race and if the race was going to be cancelled, and it should have been cancelled, it should have been done earlier in the week. That flip-flop was uncalled for and it created even a bigger mess.

  12. I’m moving outside of DC in a few months and look forward to getting to run in a new place. I may be crazy for saying this since I live in California and the running weather is awesome. But I love the change of seasons too. Have some fun at the race : )

  13. My sister and I will be running Richmond as well! It will be her first and I just couldn’t let her training go to waste after NYC was cancelled. Excited!!

  14. Congrst on Richmond! I wish that I could run Richmond Marathon next weekend but we have a wedding down in Georgia. Instead I’m doing Philadelphia the following weekend! I’m so excited!

  15. The marathon today was supposed to be my first. I agree with the decision to cancel the event, considering the devastation Sandy caused our city. On the other hand, it should have been done on Monday or Tuesday morning (at the latest). The damage had been done at that point. Canceling the event on Friday after many runners (myself included) had already gone to the Expo, etc., was a poor decision. My parents came in for the weekend and arrived just before the cancellation. If I had known, I would have asked them to come another weekend to help keep the city’s headcount down in a time of crisis. I was heartbroken to hear the news, but I’m also fortunate to have not lost anything in the storm. I think the CEO of the NYRR, Mary Whittenberg, should resign. This week was as poorly handled as possible.

  16. Lisa Jones says:

    I’ll be there with ya! I ran MCM also and I’m doing Richmond this weekend too. I ran MCM to help my hubby run his first marathon and check it off his bucket list. It was a really long race and I stayed with the whole time. I considered it a training run for Richmond which is more “my” race. Loved running the Richmond half in 2010. Take in the crowds and all the bands they have to offer.They put on a great race. Weather looks great for Saturday!

  17. I recently came across your blog and so glad I did! I love it! As far as the NY marathon, yes right decision, late call! And as far as a marathon I’m just trying to tackle my first next Sunday at OBX!!!! You’re amazing for doing more than one. In such a short time frame too. Wowza go girl!

  18. Woah sub 7 minute mile! You’re amazing! I think it was a pretty poor choice of them to cancel with such short notice – such a huge percentage of runners were already on NYC ready to go after 26.2, I just love the fact that thousands still ran in Central Park. Go runners!!

  19. Haha, you exhaust me Dorothy!! I don’t know how you do it. I’m like, another one? Already?!! I just ran my first half yesterday and I’m not sure I could do another one only two weeks or so later! You rock! {And I’m with you on the decision about the NYCM. A little late, much??}

  20. We deferred Thursday, but agree the marathon cancellation was too late. I hope to be there next year, but what a blessing that our running coach suggested instead that we run the Bass Pro Conservation Marathon in Springfield, MO. Beautiful course (fall foliage to die for), lovely people, a nice small race with the sweetest volunteers and supportive spectators. Would definitely recommend this small race. Have a great time in Richmond!!

  21. Whereohwhereohwhere Can I get that fabulous polka dot jacket???? And I agree with you; NYC Marathon should’ve been POSTPONED way earlier. I think straight cancellation is going to result in a nightmare for 2013. But I’m from NJ, so I’m biased anyway. I know people who still don’t have power a full week later. It’s all crazy.

  22. Yay for Richmond! My husband is running, so I will be there cheering everyone on as I juggle my 4-yr-old, my 2-yr-old, and my 4-week-old! Woo-hoo!

  23. I am totally digging the outfit!! Too cute

  24. You HAVE to tell me where you got your jacket and capris!! I absolutely love your outfit!!

  25. Enjoy Richmond! I would love to run VA one day as I travel to Newport News for work quite often and it is a beautiful area.

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