TCS New York City Marathon 2015

Well, this happened yesterday. I’m officially signed up for the TCS New York City Marathon this November! {Eeeek!}

It’s really hard to get drawn for the big races in New York City. I was sad in December when I wasn’t drawn for the March NYC Half Marathon {an amazing course that I PR’ed in last year}, but I was excited to enter into the TCS New York City Marathon lottery, and have been patiently waiting for drawing day.

Yesterday, I woke up and took turns refreshing my email, New York Road Runner account, and bank account. One of them was bound to give me answers. I squealed and legit almost peed myself when I saw the New York City Marathon in the list of My Upcoming Races. I didn’t even care about the price—I had tingles all over.

It’s funny to think back before I ran a marathon and to remember how I said I would never run one.{ “People who run marathons are crazy folk.”} Then, I ran my first marathon in Nashville and it was one of my worst running experiences, ever! If I hadn’t already signed up for another marathon before the race, I’m sure that would have been my last. BUT, who can resist a little Disney magic? I did my second marathon at Disney World  in January {which I can’t wait to share}, and it was probably the best running experience, ever! Complete 360.

I didn’t know how it was going to go, but I still put my name into the New York City Marathon lottery –  I had just heard from so many different people how incredible and inspirational this race is. I knew it would be one that I could run by myself, because I really wouldn’t be by myself. There is never a moment where spectators aren’t cheering you on along the sidelines.

I went to see the elite runners and cheer last year and it was so energetic and exhilarating. Extremely windy and cold, but, amazing. I’m going to send all of my positive thoughts and energy for good weather this year. I can’t wait to start training and to work towards a sub 4-hour marathon.

My friend Lisa didn’t get in {super sad face}, but is 99% on board with running the Philadelphia Marathon, which is a few weeks after. So, I think I’ll have a training buddy—which I desperately need. I might also look into getting a personal coach to make a training plan for me, or look into some group runs. I want to add more speed work and timed mile repeats into my training regimen. I’m eager to get started already!

Did anyone else get in? Let’s train!

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