a hard decision


You have probably figured out by now that I will not be able to run the NYC Marathon in a couple weeks. I really put off the decision to defer as long as possible, but there is no way after not running for 12 weeks that I can pull off 26.2 in 17 days.

I am disappointed. This is the #1 most important race to me. After the Hurricane Sandy cancellation last year when we were in great shape and ready to run, this year was even more important as it was our first year having moved away from NYC. Joe has also deferred with me so we can run it together next year (he’s the best 🙂 )

My hip is doing a lot better, but it’s still not quite ready to run (soon though!). There is a little bit of relief knowing I don’t have to rush my recovery now and I can make sure this thing is really ready to come back strong.  We have some really exciting Spring/Summer races on the radar (including an ultra!) and I will just look forward toward those.

Thanks for all of your support with this injury over the last couple months – your advice and encouragement really helped keep me going. Here’s to NYC in 2014!

18 responses to “a hard decision

  1. I thought about you this morning regarding this race. I am glad you are feeling better and so understand how upset you are. Next year will come in a flash! It’s funny – remember I have been off races lately? The Hershey Half is this weekend and now I am a bit sorry I decided not to run it. But as you say, plenty of races in the spring which will be here before we know it.

    • Thanks – I need to remember how fast a year goes. I remember crying when they cancelled last year (we were actually at the expo picking up our bibs when they made the announcement)…kinda silly, but couldn’t help it!
      Everyone kept saying a year would fly by and we would be running it before we knew it…and it totally did! I’m sure I will be saying the same thing next year 🙂

  2. I am so glad you are able to defer. I know how much this race means to you but just know you are being so smart about it and it will always be there for you to run. Joe is super sweet and so supportive!

    • Thanks – I had a feeling this would be the case when the injury first happened…i was just holding out hope. ah well…i am lucky to be able to defer, unfortunately i have to keep paying every year…so next year will be the 3rd time we pay for it bringing it close to $1000!

  3. Oh man, I’m so so sorry! That’s a bummer but so smart to wait. Joe is the best! That’ll be so fun for you guys next year:) I hope you can run so soon and that you’re not in pain!

  4. I’ll miss you and Joe!!! I know this is the best thing for you You want to enjoy the race! The worst thing would be for you to get re-injured. That would be so sad!
    I’ll be cheering for you two next year!!! XO

    • Thanks – we will miss you too…but sending you lots of cheers!!!! Also…I think i may throw my name in the lottery for the NYC 1/2 – that was a really fun one 2 years ago!

  5. Definitely feel your frustration and disapointment… but I am loving your outlook and planning for the future! Way to go!
    An Ultra?!? LOVE IT. great idea 🙂 don’t you just love planning races??
    You will have many many many years to run NYC marathon…it will be there for you when you want it!

  6. Bummer!!!! I know how excited you were for it! I like your attitude about doing it next year and Joe is so sweet to hold off another year and wait for you. What a guy!

  7. I’m so sorry you had to make that decision but I think it’s great that you decided not to. For health reasons obviously. Definitely not fun that you can’t do something you really wanted to but great you are listening to your body 🙂 I know how hard that is!

  8. (I submitted another comment, but I think it got lost, so apologies if it shows twice)

    I’m so sorry to hear that you had to delay your race, but I DEFINITELY think that you’re making a very smart decision. It would be such a bummer to rush your recovery and then have a potentially bad race, especially after looking forward to it for so long. Plus, when you’re up and running again soon, you’ll be really glad that you let things run their course 🙂

  9. Meghan @ fitnesscrEATures

    Good for you Lish! I think it’s super adorable that Joe is also waiting til next year with you and I’m thrilled that your hip is healing up. That’s #1 priority and you’ve done a phenomenal job taking care of it. ❤

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