I am definitely excited for the ING 2011 NYC marathon tomorrow. I won't be running and I won't even be a spectator but I can feel the thrill of it in the air already.
It seems I get a case of marathon fever around this time each year. Last year it was a mere day or two after the NYC marathon that I took the plunge and signed up for the San Diego RNR one.
My friend Nicole and I decided that we're going to apply for the marathon NYC lottery for 2012 - it's a long shot but it has suddenly become something I really want to do. So I'll be applying to that lottery until I get in.
To those who have the honor of running tomorrow - Congrats. You are already a winner.
Look strong, run strong, finish strong.
There is no shame in walking thru a water stop if you have to (but I will understand when you decide against it.)
Enjoy every minute and I can't wait to read the race recaps and see the pictures of your bling.
PS: Here is a link to the changes in the lottery. The changes are meaningful. There will no longer be the 'automatic' entry after a few missed lotteries. You could try for the lottery for the rest of your life and not get in! Other changes have occurred to. Check it out here: http://newyorkmarathon.runnersworld.com/2011/10/nyc-marathon-guaranteed-entry-rules-to-change.html