Well, as of yesterday at 11:30 AM CST I am now officially crazy in the minds of all of my friends and family. Believe it or not, I somehow lucked out and won a spot in the ING New York City Marathon on Nov. 7th, 2010. I was shocked, nervous, and excited all at the same time. For those of you who have been following along, I am already signed up for the Chicago marathon with my friend Katie which is on Oct 10, 2010. I am fully committed to this marathon and I only entered the NYC lottery as a way to build up some denials so I could eventually run it in a couple of years when you get guaranteed entry. I never really expected to get picked when I entered the lottery and leading up to the lottery draw I only vaguely considered the possibility of running both of them in the same year. When I logged into my account and saw "ACCEPTED" the wheels began turning in my head. I think I might just make this happen. Is that crazy talk or am I already on a runner's high from thinking about running 2 of the 5 World Marathon Majors in one year? Just thinking about the possibility is making ridiculously excited as I type. Anyone have any suggestions on places to stay in NYC for the marathon? I think it is time to start the search. My wallet is not going to be happy with me after this year.
In other news, I reached another personal best in the pool last night. I managed to get in a decent 1400 yard workout even though my shoulders ached from the bike ride the day before. I am guessing having to fight the wind the entire ride made me tense up and work my shoulders more than usual. All I know is they ached after a mere 2 laps in the pool. At that point I knew it wasn't going to be easy. It's always nice to finish up another round in the pool and take one more step towards the triathlon.
I also ran 4 miles today on the 'mill even though the weather was perfect outside. I made myself run on the treadmill because I figured the surface would be a little more forgiving for my ailing knee and it allows me to better control my pace and keep it slow and steady. I am not out to break any records this weekend at the Redbud. I just want to go run and have some fun. The knee felt pretty decent overall and I think the RockTape is doing a nice job of providing support during my runs. Slowly making progress. I have a long road ahead of me this year so slow and steady is the key.
Time for me to jump off here and stretch since my inconsistency in that department is probably what lead me down this path of annoying knee pain in the first place. Hope everyone has a great Friday.