Saturday, September 28, 2013

How crazy would it be if?

I was "offered" a (not free) spot in the New York marathon today via someone at my running group. What follows are the various thoughts that went through my head.

"Sure, I'm interested."
"Um, you haven't run one marathon yet. Do you really think you can do another one four weeks later?"
"I don't have to race New York, just finish it."
"You might not be living in the US for New York next year. It will be expensive trying to find a hotel, flights, etc now but it's still cheaper than flying half way around the world."
"You are beginning to hurt from Chicago training. Adding another marathon is insane."
"Remember, you're trying to run smarter here. Two marathons in a month might set you back a long way in running health."
"But I want to!!"

Being the good blogger that I am, I figured the smartest thing to do would be ask all of you what you think.

Additional information that's may be relevant in making this decision:

  • I need to decide by Monday.
  • Going into Chicago Marathon, I am not injured but I am feeling a bit beat up from the training.
  • NY won't be a cheap endeavour but it won't send me bankrupt. It would mean only one or two races total in 2014 though.
  • One of my running goals for 2014 is a half marathon PR and stretch goal is to go sub 2:00. Ideally I wanted to try this early 2014 as my fastest 2013 times were all pre-April.

On a scale of "Not necessarily smart but do-able" to "Are you out of your mind? No way!!", what do you think?

In the interest of full disclosure, I will probably end up ignoring any feedback that I don't want to hear. But at this point I'm not entirely sure what it is that I do want to hear.


  1. Whoa! This is so exciting!!!

    Ok, here is my 3-question Decider:
    1. Would you actually go through the whole thing of joining a charity team and raising money to run it someday?
    2. Would you actually travel to the US to run it, if you weren't living here then?
    3. Do you REALLY want to run it?

    If the answer to #1 OR #2 is "no," AND the answer to #3 is "yes," then do it!

    1. Such great questions. I will always find an excuse to come back to NYC and having that excuse being running the marathon is not out of the question. Thanks for your advice.

  2. It's not out of this world to do it. You'd need to do GOOD recovery following Chicago, but you'll definitely be ready for it. And Run Chicago smartly.

    It can be done. I did run 2 marathons within a month of each other (#3 & 4) and wasn't too bad off for either. Although #4 was a bit of a last minute (weekend of) decision.

    My thoughts on your deciding factor would be to think about what doing NYC would mean in comparison to your 2014 plans - would you be limited to not doing certain travels you wanted to do because of doing NYC?

    You can also hopefully find some people to crash with for the NYC marathon if you wanted to help save some $$$.

    Kim @ Ilax Studio did NYC Marathon 2 years ago (I think) so you may want to check out her race review --- overall very positive!

    1. So glad I asked for help because I've got such great feedback! Some good things to add into the yes/no equation.

  3. I'll admit to some bias as a native Brooklynite, but there is nothing like the NYC Marathon. It was my first one in 2011, and it is amazing on so many levels. And given that last year's was canceled, the city is going to crackle with energy and positive vibes. Agree with everyone else on being smart about recovery and at the same time... to have the opportunity to race in two of the five world marathon majors in the same year is a definite bucket list achievement.

  4. Thanks! I don't mind getting biased feedback. I was thinking this year could be something even more special after last year's cancellation. So much to consider.