Imagine my shock as I open up my email inbox yesterday and read the preview on my acceptance message from NYRR.
I literally said “WHAT?” (with a high pitch shrieking sound)
This wasn’t supposed to happen. I was supposed to get rejected and told to try again next year. At least that’s what I thought would happen on the first year I attempt to enter the TCS New York City Marathon lottery. You might ask why I entered the lottery. Well, my plan was to one day run the NYC Marathon. And runners who have been denied entry through the lottery three years in a row are guaranteed a spot in the marathon. My thought process was that I would most likely be denied for 2014, 2015 and 2016. Then that would make my entry guaranteed for 2017. That’s plenty of time to train, right? (I joke) But seriously. I’m pregnant. I am actually due to give birth nine weeks before the November 2nd race date. Do you think I’ll be ready to run 26.2 nine weeks after delivering a baby? I don’t think so. I don’t know how I’ll feel about running 2.62 miles nine weeks after birthing a baby.
What kind of dumb luck do I have to have to get selected for the lottery from one of the most difficult races to gain access. Competitor estimates that 1 in 6 entries are accepted. Maybe I should play the real lottery.
So what are my choices? Well….. I can defer to 2015 and be guaranteed entry, BUT (and this is a big but) I will have to pay a second time. Yep, you heard that right. I won’t be refunded for this year’s entry. There’s no grace period, no mercy rule, no refunds or exchanges. It’s just my dumb luck.
Oh well….. it’ll be a good story for my kid one day. He can tell his friends how his mom missed out on running the NYC Marathon in 2014. BUT (here’s another big but) I will run the NYC Marathon…… in 2015!!!
My first full marathon is going to be the NYC Marathon. (Happy Dance)
How much of a post-pregnancy motivator is that gonna be?
It’ll be just like after the first pregnancy when I - on a whim – decided to start training for a half marathon.
So even though I won’t be running NYC this fall with the half dozen other folks that I know, I will run it one day. That’s for sure. And that makes me extremely happy and looking positively towards my running future.
Do you know anyone who was accepted to the NYC Marathon?