"Well have you run that Boston one??"
Me: (sigh) "I'm saving it for my last state. I'll be running it this year."
"well have you run The New York City Marathon?"
Me: (exasperated) "no" ... and the look of dissapointment in me follows.
NYC and Boston are not the ONLY marathons in the world and they are not any more "marathon-esque" than any other either. Granted, the people that usually make these comments are typically non runners and non marathoners so we'll let it slide.... put down the rocks and nuces people, we'll be as understanding as we can.
Where is this all coming from?? Well... If you didn't already know, I'm originally from upstate NY. The Albany area.... more specifically the East Greenbush area... even more specifically the Castleton area (If you haven't heard of it don't worry). Anyway, for my "New York" marathon I chose to do one close to home and completed the HMRRC Winter Marathon in 2010.
This also happened to be the first time I Boston Qualified! So great news all around. However, I'm still plagued with the disappointed looks I get from non-marathoners when I say "no, I have not run NYC." There is a reason here people... I refused to run NYC until I qualified for it!!!!
"You can qualify for the NYC Marathon!?!?" You may be saying (runners and non-runners alike). Yes, it's a lot harder than Boston, which is why less people are aware of it. Also, after putting in the effort to make a BQ, most people say "you want me to shed another 17+ minutes?!?! No thanks!"
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So where is this all going? Today I checked my bank account and saw an unexpected $196 withdrawal from my account. At first I was confused then I say "New York City Marathon." I went to the application page and saw... I got CONFIRMED!!!! I'm in for the 2011 NYC Marathon!!!
Woohoo. Now when people ask if I've run the NYC Marathon... I can safely say "I'm running it this year!"