Be careful for what you wish for.
I decided a few months ago (and did not tell too many people) that I was going to apply for the 2007 New York City Marathon. Well I went into the lottery and now will hear if I got in, in about a week or so.
OK I am getting nervous now.
Since I started running about a year ago I have said that I would like to do 1 marathon in my life and being from North / Central Jersey (I now live in South Jersey) that I want it to be The NYC Marathon. Knowing that I would only be able to get in on a lottery and if you miss the lottery 3 years in a row you get guaranteed entry the 4th year (something like that), I figured I should start trying now.
Here are the positives of me getting in this year.
1. Get it over with now.
2. I will have a major race to prepare for so I will be focused on my training for the rest of the year.
3. It falls on my 39th birthday so that would be cool.
And the positives of waiting, (who wants to think about negatives)?
1. I should be better prepared in a year or two.
2. I can procrastinate a little longer. (not really a positive)
Bottom line is I think I really hope I get in this year and I can get this over with. I am sweating just typing this, thinking about it. Well I should know in a week or two if I am in or have to try next year. But if I am out I will re-think the one in my life and maybe train for the Philadelphia Marathon in Nov 2007. I don’t know – decisions, decisions, decisions.
I should also mention that I have picked my mileage up this week anticipating the possibility of getting in this year. The NYC Marathon web site said that last year 50% of the lottery entries were accepted.