If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you already know about this decision. I claimed my guaranteed entry and registered for the NYC Marathon.
If you've ever had to defer your race entry into the NYC Marathon before, you know it's a pretty easy process. I had been receiving an email every week or so reminding me to claim my entry before the mid-February deadline. Once that window closes, they draw the lottery and anyone who didn't have guaranteed entry is notified whether they get in or not. I just had to pay the $266 race entry again, and now I’m officially in.
Now I can officially freak out.
I had been hesitant to pay the fee and register, because I keep having memories of being so close to finishing training when I got hurt. I was literally 6 miles from tapering - just 3 weeks from the race. Coming back from injury is a scary thing, and that's without the pressure of a marathon to hit you over and over.
My recovery has been going well, especially now that I'm more dedicated to doing my PT exercises and stretching. Once I submitted my entry, I was terrified. Luckily I had mom to talk me off the ledge:
Taking the leap of faith to train for something new is scary enough - doing it again after failing the first time is even scarier. A lot of my friends have told me that I'm still awesome for getting through a 20-miler. I still view it as a failure, because I didn't get to make the trip and do what I had trained so hard to do. This time around, I know what mistakes to not make, and I'm hoping that it pays off on November 1st.
I'm Jenn! I'm a baker, blogger, sorta-runner, and writer living in Jacksonville, Florida!