So here it is: I’ve decided to forgo the marathon this year and defer until next year.
Believe me, this is not the outcome I expected when I announced my intentions to run this year and started a fund-raising campaign.
But life and health got in the way of much of my training, and lining up on Nov. 6 to run 26.2 miles would be a mistake in my current shape.
I got married this summer, as many of you know. and preparations and travel consumed more of my time and energy than I anticipated. And as a result of that and other factors, I took too many shortcuts on my summer training.
Then, in mid-September I caught a terrible cold. It lingered for three weeks, and even now I’m not quite over the heavy cough that came with it.
As a result of all that coughing, I injured my ribs. It sounds funny, but it’s true. I think it’s just a muscle strain, so I haven’t gone in for an X-ray. The pain is lessening daily.
To my donors and other supporters, thank you so much, and I’m sorry if I didn’t live up to my end of the bargain just yet. I may not be running this year, but your donations are still helping hundreds of kids. And, in fact, your generosity is what made it possible to defer until 2017 because you beat my goal. You have collectively donated $2,620 to these youth programs.
If this year was full of frustration and distractions, next year will be a different story, I predict. I’m going to start riding the stationary bike while I get healthy, then ease back into running, build up my mileage and reboot my routine. In June 2017, I’ll restart my marathon training in earnest.
The NYC marathon remains an accomplishment I’m passionate about notching. While I’m disappointed it didn’t work out this year, I’m very hopeful about 2017, and I anticipate it’s the year I run it.
Thanks for reading, for your support and for believing in me.