I was just finishing my dinner when my email dinged – I checked and my stomach dropped – I got into the NYC marathon lottery! Hooooooo boy… I did not see that coming.
First, apologies for the incredibly long break in posting. I still can’t run due to injury, so I haven’t been in the running mindset, so this blog has been gathering as much dust as my running shoes. I was going to write a post about what I have been doing besides running, but I kept putting that off because, well, it is profoundly uninteresting. I’ve been resting a lot, and walking a little, and just started rowing and going to the gym again, but then I played tourist in this beautiful weather we’ve been having and overdid it, compressing my ankle and causing pain and swelling, helping keep my PT busy and my running shoes dusty.
On a lark, I applied for the NYC Marathon lottery two weeks ago – the last day they accepted applications. The odds of a local resident getting selected for the lottery were only about 23%. Well, apparently I am one of the 23%, because I got in! (You might remember I was only 2 races away from qualifying last year, but I couldn’t make it because of the injury.)
I really didn’t think I’d get selected, and I was okay with that. I still can’t even run a block, so the idea of running a marathon seems farfetched. But I also rationalized that if I did get in, it might be a good way to test the waters – I ran the NYC Marathon in 2005 (good lord, has it really already been 12 years?!), so there would be no pressure to finish for my 50 States quest, plus it’s a local race so I wouldn’t have the added expense and stress of travel and hotel. But now I’m realizing it’s only 8 months away, which seems so so so very soon to learn how to run 26.2 miles.
So, I just won probably the worst lottery in the world and I paid $255 for the privilege. As the immortal Forrest Gump(‘s momma) said, “stupid is as stupid does.” I guess I’m back to being a stupid runner, even without the running! Huzzah!
Did you get into the 2017 NYC Marathon? Have you ever won any sort of lottery or prize? How much would you pay to not have to run the NYC Marathon? Share in the comments!