I've been training for the NYC Marathon. I've been so excited to run through all 5 boroughs and be cheered on by the loud crowds of spectators.
Then came Sandy the Superstorm.
Initially, I thought, it'll be cleaned up by Sunday. New Yorkers are resilient. My flight is still on. My hotel hasn't cancelled my reservation. It's going to be a sunny day according to the weather.
Then reality set in: My hotel has no electricity, heat, or hot water, nor do many other hotels in NYC. Many businesses are closed. Public transportation isn't fully functional. Where would I stay? How would I get to the start line? How would I get to the Javitz Center to pick up my race packet? And what about the course? Will there be changes to our route?
It was a tough decision. Coach Gerardo gave me some clarity and made the decision much easier: I take this stuff seriously. My reason for running this race is primarily to have a sub-4 hour marathon. I love visiting NYC, but that is secondary. If I go to NY, I'm not going to have my best race given the conditions of the city and the race. So, I shouldn't race.
JetBlue was kind enough to refund my airline ticket, and fortunately the hotel that I booked at didn't require a deposit, so I lost no money there either.
THIS is my race on Sunday:
the marathon that I was supposed to run last year that I skipped because I was sick.
Sandy was a terrible natural disaster. I'll run NYC next year. Right now, the east coast's recovery is more important than my silly little marathon.