Well, where do I start? As I write this I am still overwhelmed and my heart is so full. If you follow me on Instagram then you saw that I was accepted to run the TCS NYC Marathon on Tuesday through the lottery drawing. Never in a million years did I think I would actually get selected, so when it happened I could not have been more surprised.
I woke up Tuesday morning, did a barre3 workout DVD then continued to refresh my email account and my NYRR account approximately every 30 minutes for the entire day. I kept checking Instagram to see how many others I follow had heard about their status and continued to
follow stalk the marathon and NYRR accounts for updates.
Around 4pm I started to give up hope that it would happen. People on Instagram were commenting that all the US residents were probably already selected and that they were probably already on the international applicants. I saw in the comments where folks saw their credit card get charged, but still hadn’t receive an email or saw a change to their NYRR account.
Then it hit me, I hadn’t checked my credit card account all day. How did I miss this step?! It happened…I saw a charge. I hoped I wasn’t imagining the whole thing and continued to refresh my NYRR account. Then, it REALLY happened. My status updated to ACCEPTED.
I was so overcome with emotion. The only thing that kept me from weeping was that I couldn’t stop smiling with joy. I called the Mr. and we celebrated over the phone for a bit. We decided to celebrate with a Chilis dinner and margaritas. That might not be everyone’s idea of a celebratory dinner, but Chilis was our place when we started dating so it always brings all the feels.
Then when I received the official email confirmation the wave of emotions happened all over again. I still can’t put the feeling into words. Two years ago I would never have believed I would run a marathon, let alone three last year. Now here I am…registered for the big marathon, the iconic big show of marathons. Last year I watched the NYC marathon on tv and thought how cool it would be to run in a city that I adore and experience all that NY has to offer, but I could not have dreamed this.
When I decided to throw my name in the hat for the lottery I honestly never thought it would happen to me. Things like this don’t happen to me. I am just me, the average middle/back of the pack marathoner. I would never get guaranteed entry through my finish time and running for charity at NYC in addition to running Chicago for RMHC would have been too much, so for this to happen to me was and is unreal.
Since I entered the lottery months ago all I could think about was “back up” fall marathons in case I didn’t get in. I knew I would be running Chicago, but I wanted a new challenge. I wanted to run multiple marathons this fall. I thought about MCM naturally, and lots of other more scenic or smaller scale venues, but the pull of my heart always wanted New York. I still can’t believe it. I get the opportunity to run one the greatest places in the world.
Last year was the year of the marathon and this year is the year of yes. If I see an opportunity I am sure as hell going to take it. I am so glad I took a chance and entered the lottery.
My heart is so full already and I can’t imagine what I will feel running all the bridges and all the boroughs with a fabulous finish at Central Park. NYC is special to me and always has been, so to experience the city on foot with thousands of strangers is surreal.
I have had this posted on my vision board in my home gym for as long as I can remember and I can’t wait to be one of the runners in the picture. If you need me I will be on some massive cloud floating over head for the next who knows how long. I will also be singing Frank Sinatra in my head with dreams of NYC for the next 9 ish months.
Today I am linking up with Amanda over at Running with Spoons for Thinking Out Loud.
Have you ran NYC before?
What is your dream race?