Initially, I had no desire to run Hartford this fall. After an amazing experience running NYC in 2011, I really wanted to participate again. But, I didn’t qualify or win the lottery, nor did I participate in NYRR 9+1 program for guaranteed entry. Last year I ran for charity, which was a fabulous experience, but I decided not to commit to fundraising this year.
Once NYC was off the books, I decided on Hartford. And, now I am actually really excited to be participating. Here’s why:
Cost: The race is so affordable at just $95 for entry.
Home: I went to junior high and high school in Connecticut, about an hour from Hartford. My parents still live in that area, which means I can sleep at their house and drive up early the morning of the race. Though I am not too familiar with Hartford, it will be nice to run in my ‘home state.’
Course: NYC was my first and only marathon. It’s a tough course with the numerous bridges and a gradual incline down Fifth Avenue at the end of the race. If it wasn’t for the amazing spectators I really don’t think I would have achieved my time of 3:54:56. I walked away feeling proud of my accomplishment and for achieving my goal of a sub-4 hour marathon. Hartford is not as challenging a course as NYC. It’s flatter, which means faster. I’m excited to see what I am capable of under different conditions.
PMP: After registering, I soon discovered that a large contingent of friends from high school will be running in the marathon and half marathon. They are running in support of PMP Research Foundation. Pseudomyxoma Peritonei (PMP) is a condition characterized by mucin and mucin-producing tumors in the abdominal cavity. The most common origin of PMP is appendix cancer. PMP is extremely rare and is a condition a high school friend knows all too well. I plan to run Hartford in support of him and anyone else who has been affected.
In a few short weeks, I’ll start training for my fall race. And, I am actually really excited that race is Hartford.
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