It’s a wrap! I am convinced I am bad luck when it comes to marathons. I ran one of the hottest Boston Marathons earlier this year, and then when I was supposed to run the NYC Marathon, Hurricane Sandy came to devastate our area. Sure that was a bummer, but it was nothing compared to the pain and suffering felt by those in Staten Island and Long Island. Philly, the city of brotherly love, decided to come to the rescue. The organization opened a lottery for 3,000 spots, not knowing how many to expect, to those who were supposed to run the NYC Marathon. I actually double-booked. I registered for the Harrisburg Marathon for Sunday, November 11th in case I didn’t get into Philly, but I didn’t realize the timing of when I would find out may have not been in my favor. Luckily, I found out just in time so I was able to cancel my hotel and car rental for Harrisburg, and then booked everything for Philly instead.
Why did I prefer Philly? Because my friends and family would be able to make it! I am so blessed to have such great people in my life :)
So what were my thoughts? Well, most importantly, the weather was perfect. I actually had no idea what to wear and packed every piece of attire the day before. In the hotel, I laid everything out and thought about it methodically. The temperature was going to start in the low forties, and warm up to 50 degrees by noon. I didn’t know what was going to happen, so I decided to just layer. You can read all about it in my previous post.
Overall, this has been a crazy year. Two marathons in one year, only having a few years of running experience. Nothing is impossible, and I have luckily been able to say I did not come out with any major injuries. I think this is really a result of proper cross-training and knowing when to rest and not push myself. I’m still awaiting the details for next year’s NYC Marathon, which I assume is guaranteed entry and I believe I’ll end up doing. It feels strange though, not training for a marathon in the spring. Since fall of last year, I have been marathon training. I wonder what I’ll do in my spare time. Probably keep running :)