Late December, NYRR have finally sent out a mail about “2012 NYC marathon Resolution”. This followed the inexplicably late cancellation of the race after having said it would go on… You can read about this by choosing the tag “New York” or “New York marathon”… Staying a week there was not really as planned.
Anyway, had been wondering back and forth about what to do. NY marathon is on my list of marathons to be done (Letter “N” 🙂 ) but also to have the 5 Majors completed… It does not stand out more than that on the marathons I wish to run. Therefore the following choices were not that clearly straightforward for me: Refund / Run in 2013/14 or 15 / Run NY half marathon 2013. See below the alternatives proposed:
The qualification times for 2013 had been pretty hard: for my age range changing from 3:23 (marathon) for 2012 to 3:00 (for 2013). This has been adjusted to 3:10 (qualification time for 2013 onwards), but still. The way I made my choice was as follow: guarantee entry in 2013 – not too sure as I have Berlin three weeks before and want to focus on this race really. 2014 or 2015… ain’t that pretty far away in the future to book already? and NYC Half 2013 – No thanks. Not flying to NY to run half the distance I wanted (and moreover it is not fitting in my race calendar for 2013!).
So Refund it became. Will be working hard to see whether can do -anyway- the qualification time for 2014. And if not, well won’t make such a deal about it. There’s lots of marathons out there and even though they all may not have the same “aura” as the NYC marathon, I will still be enjoying the run!
So can now focus fully (!) on Dubai and the rest of the year 🙂
Up before dawn, light breakfast, final check to my hand luggage (the running gear are the most important part, right?) and off I went in the dark and rainy city.
Wait at the airport is way better than at home! Flying shortly, so taking my second breakfast now!
NY marathon is on. Despite the storm and consequences on the city and all over, the shore is still on. Unsure what to expect of the city after this natural event. Will see soon…
Body is fine, stomach is upset, throat is aching, mind half ok but will do for now… Exciting! First challenge is to keep hydrated during the flights…
2 DAYS TO GO…