I hadn’t planned to enter the lottery, but a friend invited me to join as part of her team. So, I did. A part of me hoped that I would not get selected, but once I received the email this morning, I was elated. I guess I did care. That’s a lie. I KNOW that I care and that, deep down, I wanted the opportunity to run this race again. You see, I was selected via lottery to run the 10 miler in 2012 (or maybe 2011?), but couldn’t run due to injury. I didn’t even start! This year, I had some nagging shin issues going into the race, but I was confident that I would not only start, but finish. And, guess what? I had to stop at mile 6. The pain was simply too intense that even walking had become a problem. The 2013 Cherry Blossom 10 Miler was my first DNF. Boo. Hiss.
So. I have some unfinished business for next year’s race. I’ll start strong and healthy – and injury-free – and I’ll finish the same way.
Let’s do this!