Something had to give…

Right now, I am stressed out. Coming off traveling to California and a really chaotic week at work, I had last Friday off to recoup and prepare for Cora’s fourth birthday party. I had so much fun spending the day with her and decorating for her party that I completely forgot to run. Then, my family came in from out-of-town to help us celebrate her birthday and I forgot to run again. I woke up on Sunday morning and I said to Jake, I don’t want to go for my long run. With that, we got dressed, hopped in the car, went to the diner and enjoyed eggs benedict. It was a great morning, we chatted about the party and how much fun Cora had on her birthday. Then we talked about the marathon… NYCM… that marathon.

After talking it through with Jake, someone who truly knows all that is going on in my life right now, I made a decision.  I knew that something had to give.  I will not be running NYCM this year.  I am planning on submitting my request to defer until 2015.  My heart simply isn’t in the training.  And, my body just isn’t quite on board with the thought of running a marathon either.  I am having some continued issues with my glutes and hamstring as a result of that pesky foot injury this summer.  I enjoyed Ragnar but I wasn’t trained to run well and knowing that, I don’t want to suffer through 26.2 miles.  The next time I run a marathon, I want to feel strong and prepared.

So, part of me is definitely upset and sad to finally put this out into the universe.  After all, I have a lot of running friends that will be in town for the event.  But, I think I may still try to meet up with some of them, take part in the race festivities and be darn good cheerleader 🙂

Have you ever had to defer a race?  How did you get over the blues associated with not being a part of the event?

Here’s to moving on,




  1. Proud of you for making the right decision for YOU! <3

  2. I love your honesty! I know it was a difficult decision for you. Thanks for putting it out into the universe and helping the rest of us feel better about our own tough decisions. NYCM will always be there.

  3. runswithpugs says:

    It sounds like you are making the right decision for you, and that's incredibly important. Take the time you need to get to where you need and want to be. NYCM will be there next year. :hug:

  4. Proud of you for making that decision. I know it was hard. I toyed with the idea for MCM but chose to continue because my sister was running and it was her first marathon. I'm feeling ok body wise, but my heart hasn't been in it. Whatever decision you make, it will always be the right one. It's hard to make a decision like this. Sending healing vibes!
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    • Ugh, I know. It's kind of this whole fear of missing out. I know how exciting it is to finish a marathon and the excitement that builds surrounding an event. BUT, I just can't get there in time and I know my body doesn't need any extra stress right now. Other life happenings are enough 🙂

  5. I think this was a good choice! You’ve been crazy busy and you should always enjoy what you love to do not stress over it.

  6. Sounds like you are making the right decision for Lisa 🙂 I actually deferred my 2013 NYC bib this year b/c of work stressors left little time for training.
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  7. Glad you made the choice that is best for you Lisa. It's weird that my heart isn't in MCM but since I want to run either NY or Chicago next fall, I am plugging along. I don't expect to have a great race, but I do hope to enjoy it….and then take some much needed rest before I start training for Boston.

  8. Leslie @ TriathleteTreats says:

    You are definitely making a good decision!! You have been struggling this year and sometimes you just need some time off mentally and physically!! I will miss you out there running but maybe I will see you cheering!! 🙂 I actually deferred because I was suppose to run it last year but for a totally different reason than you!!

  9. if your heart isn't in it that is definitely a sign that you shouldn't do it. I know how you struggled and am proud of you for making this decision!!
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