Sunday, June 21, 2009

Sometimes the best part of a run is when it's OVER

I woke up this morning to a foggy, overcast day with light drizzle. I was planning to run the NYRR Father's Day 5 Mi, until I learned that I had forgotten to register. Either way - I was planning to run this morning. I finally dragged myself out of the house, and endured a miserable run, just under 5 miles - pretty much my usual route in Riverdale. The humidity was so awful, it felt like I was running through wet rags. I couldn't catch my breath, and was dripping in sweat.

I wouldn't say that it was the best run of my life - but I persevered. I had all sorts of negative thoughts running through my mind, including, "Why the hell am I doing this?" "I really suck" "Why am I thinking that I can actually run a marathon" - but put all of it aside, and kept on going.

Finally, I got back home - and as I was riding up the elevator to my apartment - I finally was able to smile to myself and think, "It was a truly miserable day - but I got out there and ran" and finally was able to feel good about myself and what I had set out to do.

Sometimes, the best part of the run is when it's over.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Fall Marathon Dilhemma

I recently found out that I didn't win a spot in the 2009 NYC Marathon via the lottery (I've heard that virtually no one from the NYC area actually does get in that way) - which means that I'm guaranteed a spot in 2010.

I'm still interested in running a marathon in 2009 - despite the training challenges, with all of the Jewish holidays falling on Sundays in the month of September. I'm debating between running the Philadelphia Marathon, or attempting to get a spot in the NYC Marathon by committing to raise money for a charity (which charity is yet TBD). Part of me wants to run NYC, and thinks that raising money is a good thing - but the other part of me just LOATHES the idea of hitting my friends and family up for money...even if it is for a good cause.

I'm going to sleep on this one for a few more days - and will post the results of my decision. If anyone happens to read my blog, and has an opinion either way - feel free to post a comment...

Thursday, June 4, 2009

No NYC Marathon for me in 2009

The NYRR just posted the results of the lottery drawing for 2009, and unfortunately I was not one of the select few. I think it's a mixed blessing. Fortunately, I'm confirmed for 2010 (I ran the 9 qualifying races, and volunteered), and as my friend Ari points out - 2009 does have a lot of Jewish holidays that fall on Sundays this year, effectively killing the month of September for long runs.

I'm contemplating signing up for Phila instead (since it happens almost a month later), so that I can keep the momentum up, but we'll see what happens.

In other news, I'm excited about the new season of running classes at NYRR (they actually started last week, but I missed the first one due to the Jewish Holidays). I switched back to Thursday nights, which I prefer. I'm feeling a little under the weather, and the forecast doesn't look great for today - so we'll see what actually happens...but I'd really like to get back to speedwork some time soon. Speedwork is just one of those things that I won't ever push myself to do on my own, so I really value the structure of the group to push me through it.