NYCM & the lottery

Last November I did something I had been thinking about, but never done. I put my name in for the New York City Marathon lottery. See, there are so many people who want to run that all people interested apply to be apart of a lottery for entries. I’ve wanted to run the race for a couple of years, but never plucked up the nerve to apply. This year a friend said I just had to sign up. I’m a marathon runner, I had to run NYCM. So, why was I nervous? It might have something to do with already being signed up for another marathon the same weekend. Go ahead, she said, just put your name in. No one gets in the first time…

So, I paid my $11 and registered all the while hoping I wouldn’t get in, so I could do the race I was already signed up for. Well lottery day arrived yesterday. You know that sinking feeling you get when you want things to go one way, but just know the opposite is going to happen. Well noon came, and the lottery started. There were feeds to watch the live lottery selections, which I didn’t have time to watch. But then around 1:15 the news started to come in. Someone had seen my name scroll across, then another person noticed. I had to check, but the site was down. Finally I got my hands on a link to check my status, and sure enough there it was. I had been selected to participate in the 2011 NYC marathon.

So now it come down to what to do. My training plan for the year has been designed around Savannah. It’s the race I’ve been looking forward to the most, and where all of my friends are going to be. Plus I’m signed up to run it with team in training as my local event (they cover 2 events for me as a GTS coordinator). One friend pointed out that NYCM is going to be super expensive if I defer, but no mater what race I choose I lose money since i’ve already registered for Savannah. Basically it came down to which race I really wanted to run this year, and my choice keeps coming up as Savannah. Financially it works out better to do NYCM next year. So, today I need to check out my deferment options. The NYCM website has been surprisingly out of date, and the login system was down all day yesterday, so hopefully I can find what I need.

I’m super excited about having the chance to run NYCM, and I never expected to get in on my first try.

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I have an answer to what is next!!!

For weeks people have been asking what race I’m doing after Thanksgiving’s half marathon, and now that I have run and eaten my way through the day I have an answer!!! If you read my last post you know that the 13.1 miles went really well. That and I chatted with a friend along the way who had signed up for a flat race herself, and I came to a decision. So here’s the 2010 race schedule as it currently stands:

  • Tallahassee Marathon February 7, 2010
  • ING Georgia Half Marathon March 21, 2010
  • Big Peach 5k
  • Peachtree Road Race 10k July 4, 2010 (assuming I get in)
  • fall marathon (currently thinking about Chicago)
  • Atlanta Half Marathon (loved it!!! totally want to do it again)

So, now it’s time to figure out a training schedule with only 10 weeks till the next big race!

    What’s next?

    I seemed to get this question a lot this morning from my Team in Training buddies. What’s next? Well there’s the Atlanta Half Marathon on Thanksgiving day. No, after that? Ummmm….. I don’t have a clue, and to be honest it’s slowly driving me up the walls. What is the next race? I’ve had many ideas:

    • Callaway Gardens Marathon or Half Marathon – it’s in January, which seems to early, and all the reviews complain about hills. Umm, this is Georgia, and we do have hills. Besides Callaway Gardens is on a mountain people.
    • Tallahassee Marathon or Half Marathon – the first week in February still seems kind of early, but it’s appealing because it’s flat! And I have a sister and lots of friends down there… But it’s in February….
    • ING Georgia Half – will probably end up running this one. I don’t have time to do the full because I have to teach a violin class that afternoon. Dang it!
    • Country Music Marathon – this is one that I’ve started thing about more the past couple of days. It’s not until April, which gives me plenty of time to get ready for it, and I’ve been told that it’s not a hilly course. Might be leaning towards this one, but will probably train as an alumni and save the big fundraising race for the fall.
    • Peachtree Road Race 10k – I love this race!! And my time gets better every year. I’ll be back as long as I get in 🙂

    Hopefully I’ll have a better idea after the 1/2 marathon on Thursday. Don’t even think about asking what I’m doing in the fall yet. I’ve got some ideas. It’s pretty much between 2 races, and I think I know, which one I’m leaning towards. That’s all I’m going to say. You’ll just have to come back and find out :).

    Have a race suggestion?