It’s February 2, which means I have less than 2 weeks to decide if I want to sign up for the NYC marathon. I was so excited last year as I trained hard, only to have my hopes and dreams dashed in August. Injury prevented me from making it to the November race and even now, I’m only a few days into running and I’m starting to feel the tightness in the calves.
My head says “no way!” I mean it makes no sense to even think about it. Maybe… maybe I could do a half by the end of the year, but a full marathon?
But then again…
The way it works is this: I deferred last year, but I can’t defer again. If I sign up and don’t run, I will have paid twice, but I don’t get another chance next year. If I don’t sign up, the chances of me making the lottery again in a future year is pretty slim.
Look, I know there are other marathons. Probably some really fun ones. Maybe I could think about them. But it is kind of hard to give up on the dream all together.
So I think the next 14 days are going to be like the time between buying the Lottery ticket and hearing the numbers drawn. I can dream about what it might be like, plan out a running schedule, and pretend like this even has a chance.
But I’m pretty sure the odds are about as good as winning the lottery.