A Marathon Deferred

Let me stop going back and forth with the thought of running this year’s NYC Marathon. It’s just not happening. You know what? I’m fine with it. 

I was somewhat energized because NYRR released the corral assignments.

TkZdX05HTa+IkMEWR1eYZw_thumb_36d6But after struggling through a four-mile run this morning, I realized that I do not want to struggle for 26.2 miles in and around NYC. It was a little tough coming to this decision because this would have been my sixth consecutive NYC Marathon. Also, I was planning on getting a marathon-related tattoo after completing this race.

In one of my Marathon “support” groups on Facebook, I mentioned that not running this thing is not the end of the world. Surprisingly, I got a lot of pushback from folks saying things like:

  • It’s not a thing; it’s one of the best races in the world
  • It’s all about the experience
  • You have to push and power through

First of all. I don’t have to do shit. 

Last year, I did that whole it’s all about the experience. I think that I even posted a GIF of Jade from America’s Next Top Model doing her “beautiful, wonderful, fabulous” thing during a challenge to represent how I felt coming off of the Queensboro Bridge.

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I did the whole “let’s run 13.1 miles and see where the rest of the marathon takes me” for NYC Marathon 2018. Last year (once again), I was coming off of an injuring and flying back from Madrid two days before the race. Do not get me wrong, the experience is unbeatable, but I wanted more out of this marathon. I guess this would have been my redemption marathon. After this morning’s run, I do not feel confident that I can run 13.1 miles in a couple of weeks to the point of even seeing where the marathon will take me. Why risk further injury by doing too much too soon? Also, I will be traveling for work in Hawai’i will return the day before marathon Sunday. By deferring the marathon, I will not have to constantly think about it during my Hawaiian work trip/vacation.

So there it is. NYC Marathon . . . OUT! Wait. Not, 100% OUT. The marathon route goes through my block at Mile 22 so I’ll be out there cheering folks on. I’ll try to keep my hating and FOMO to a minimum.

Looking past NYC Marathon, I do have Madrid’s marathon to prep for.

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The hubby checked tickets the other day, and they are fairly cheap right now – $320 RT (JFK <-> MAD). Actually, let me request some PTO in April so I can book the flight. He wants to see if I can take a full two weeks off. Those Europeans and their crazy concept of 2+ weeks of vacation.

For the months of October and November, I plan to do the following:

  • continue with my dumb PT exercises for my hip that probably will not work.
  • get a damn handle on my diet. It probably will not hurt to lose a few pounds.
  • do more strength training and continue with biking, stair climbing, and Zumba for my cardio.

With a combination of these things, I should be able to start training for Madrid’s Marathon (Apr. 26) in early January. Ouch, running in NYC during the winter months.  Something else for me to bitch about. Should I add anything else to that list?

Happy training.

17 comments

  1. It’s not a good experience if you’re not ready and it’s not like you haven’t done it so I think you’re perfectly justified. Get ready for the next race and don’t wreck your Hawaii trip

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  2. It’s not a fun experience if you’re not prepared and it’s not like you haven’t done it already so I’d say you’re totally justified. Just look to the next race and don’t wreck your Hawaii trip worrying

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    • I know! Folks be kind of sassy. I think many of the folks are not from NYC. If they are running the marathon, then they prob have put down a lot of money (travel, hotel, the marathon itself, tourist crap, etc.), and it’s harder to “blow off” the race.

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  3. Oh, how I loved to hate Jade on ANTM. Sorry you’re missing out on NYC but Madrid seems like a good consolation prize.

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  4. Props to you for recognizing that it’s not worth it to beat yourself up just for the “experience”. I agree given you basically pushed through and did that last year it’s not worth stressing during your Hawaii trip over having to do it again. Work on the rehab and get back where you need to be to train for Madrid. Also how its cheaper to fly to Europe than it is to fly 2 hours from Harrisburg to Chicago?? My friend is coming in this weekend and it cost her $400 and anytime I search for tickets to go out there the cheapest I find is just under $400 and doesn’t allow a carry on bag which sorry, even for a weekend trip I need that!

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