A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post on my thoughts on joining a charity team for this year’s New York City Marathon. I sort of had mixed feelings, and really loved all the feedback I got from everyone.
At the time I thought the “3 strikes and your IN” rule still applied to their lottery (if you don’t get in 3 years in a row you are guaranteed entry on the 4th year), so I thought I would just wait and have guaranteed entry next year. However, a helpful reader pointed out that 2014 was in fact the last year that rule applied so I was out of luck for next year unless I got in through the regular lottery.
I had decided I was not going to join a fundraising team this year and I’d just have to take my chances at getting in through the lottery in the future, and honestly, I was totally fine with this decision. As much as I feel like I need to run New York at some point there are so many other races I’m looking forward to doing just as much.
Then one morning last week after a conversation with my husband where he passed on some encouraging words from (of all places) someone he used to work with (but someone I really respect), I sort of did a complete 180 and was like, “oh forget it, I’m just going to do it this year!”
So, I’m excited to share that I’ll be running the 2014 New York City Marathon as part of Team Animal League to benefit North Shore Animal League, the world’s largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization located right here on Long Island!
In the coming weeks I’ll be taking a tour of the facility and I’ll share more information on their mission and some of my fundraising efforts.
I’m definitely excited to be running the New York City Marathon the same year as so many of my friends and I’m honored to do it on behalf of all the amazing pets at North Shore Animal League!