A Marathon Decision

Only 604 days until my next marathon. I’d better get a move on that.

When the 2012 NYC Marathon didn’t happen, the New York Road Runners gave the participants a few options as a mea culpa:

  1. A full refund (minus those dang processing fees, of course). This would have been over $200, or
  2. A guaranteed entry to the 2013 NYC Half Marathon on March 17, 2013, or
  3. A guaranteed entry (NOT a free entry, but at the 2012 price) for either the 2013, 2014, or 2015 NYC marathons.

What to do…what to do? I feel like I’m on “House Hunters”. None of the choices are a home run, and I really hate the paint color in that living room and…never mind.

I recently got a horoscope Tweet (I can hear you giggling) which said, “Libras have a tendency to be indecisive over the simplest of decisions.” Well, DUH. But despite that hypothesis, I easily eliminated choice B, because I had already won an entry to the NYC Half through the NYRR’s lottery system. SWEET!

Now it’s between house #1 and house #3. Cue tech-pop-happy-decision-making-music. A full refund sounds temping, but I really, really, REALLY want to run NYC. Even though I’m over the NYC Marathon fail, I still want to do it, dreamer that I am. Twas an itch that wasn’t scratched. Regarding any marathon running in my lifetime, I had planned to be One and Done.  It was my 40th birthday present to myself. But now it’s like I’m out for vengeance/redemption, like in a Tarantino movie. (Just as much cursing, but much less blood. Unless I face plant. It’s happened before.) I know that I can do better than I did in the alternate marathon. Darn you, first-born competitive genes.kill bill unfinished business

Kill bill you aint kidding

So that leaves option 3, but which year? Actually, that’s simple. Training for a marathon is all-consuming, as I found out. Like, the only thing your body will let you do is eat, sleep, work and run, and none of those things you’ll be able to give 100% to. There is no hyperbole in that statement. I would like to add “have a life” to things I’d like to do in the fall of 2013. 2015 sounds too far away. It took me about 2 years of running to mentally and physically build up to a marathon. So…

THERE YOU HAVE IT. 2014 NYC Marathon, here I come! See you in 604 days…

Fellow 2012 NYC Marathoners, what option did you choose and how did you decide? Leave a comment below.

P.S. Don’t even UTTER the word “hurricane” to me around that time or else I might have to kick someone in a hurtful place.