I thought I would see all the excitement over the NYC Marathon lottery this week and feel pangs of nostalgia, regret, and disappointment that I wasn’t running it this year despite having a guaranteed entry. I was pleasantly surprised, though, to discover that I felt no longing/desire to run NYC. In fact, the longer I think about not doing a marathon in the fall, the happier I am.
Moments I get really excited about not doing a fall marathon:
- When I can stop running at 3 miles on a weeknight just because that’s enough
- The realization that I won’t have to do long runs in August
- No 6-10 mile runs on weeknights
Basically, I’m just really excited about not doing a marathon and on top of that, I genuinely didn’t like NYC when I ran it. As a marathon and runner, we didn’t get along and that’s not because I don’t love NYC (because I do) but… Eh. I loved running the Verranzano Bridge, and of course, the 59th Street Bridge with my marathon angel, but Marine Corps was better.