After the Marine Corps Marathon last October, I was pretty discouraged about running. My knees were shot, my spirits were low, and my excitement about running another race anytime soon was essentially non-existent. So I took a break! 6 months off of running to strengthen my knee with quad exercises and a 12 week round of Sweat with Kayla to tone up for a trip to California.
Given my discouragement (and newfound love for circuit workouts), I wasn’t planning on running a marathon this year. Instead, Mike and I were going to participate in the 9+1 program through New York Road Runners – running 9 races and volunteering at 1 to guarantee our spots in the NYC Marathon in 2018. We also entered the lottery for this year’s race, which I thought was futile — this would be my fourth lottery entrance, and I’d never gotten in in the past.