In New York, you’ve got to have all the luck, Chuck Bukowski
This year I will turn 40! How the hell did that happen? – I still feel like a kid, and when I was a kid 40 was old!!!
It will happen in November, so what better way to celebrate than run the New York Marathon – ok I know that only runners will understand that thought – Non runners will think ‘why not have a party!!!,
Since turning 39, I had this idea that I would run the New York Marathon in 2017, as it is being run the weekend before my birthday! Also, I have only ever been through New York and have always wanted to go. Perfect plan I thought. I told everyone my plans, and then forgot about it for a while. At Christmas, my husband gave me a card with money in, saying this is for New York! 2017 started and I realised I should start looking into how I can make this happen.
I had assumed that I would go with a Sports Tour company, as it would be hassle free and you get guaranteed entry into the race . When I started looking in to it all, the realisation of costs soon made me doubt if this was just going to be a dream. I have the added complication of being a teacher, so getting time off isn’t as easy as just booking holiday time!
The more I looked into it, the more I thought that it was going to be a no-go. I grumped about this for a while, and then decided to stick my name in the ballot, and leave it to fate! If I got a place, I would have to find a way of going, if I didn’t I wouldn’t (that probably isn’t true, I’d probably grumped some more, and looked at organised trips again!)
So, March 2nd and I knew the ballot draw was going to take place – it’s quite nice that you don’t have to wait as long to find out if you have a place as London. I frantically checked my phone and bank account all day, but nothing. I went off to run club in the evening, and on our rest breaks I checked my phone. Still nothing. Training didn’t go quite to plan, as my hamstring was very sore and I was full of cold. I missed the last hill set, and went home feeling totally fed up.
Waking up Friday morning, I still don’t feel great, but I opened my email, and got this!
As you can imagine, I was buzzing! I still am! Slightly scared too, as now I have to make this happen! Somehow, I need to get time off work, I need to book flights, accommodation and all the other stuff, and pay for it all!!!
So, if anyone has ANY advice as to how to make this happen, I sure would appreciate it. Tips on; where to stay, how to get around New York, how to keep the costs down, and so on. Any experiences you think would be worth passing on, please post them below in the comments.