Today, TCS New York City Marathon will grant race entry to 16,211 runners through the lottery drawing. That is only 17% of all applicants. Put another way, that’s the same acceptance rate as getting into tough school like Williams College and even harder than getting into Georgetown University (18% acceptance rate) and Johns Hopkins University (18% acceptance rate).

Were you one of the lucky ones?

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I’ve been mulling over running a marathon for the last two years. I gained entry to the NYC Marathon for 2015 through a program called 9+1. (How it works: In a calendar year, you run 9 races hosted by the NYC Marathon sponsor organization the New York Road Runners and you volunteer at one too.) Since I sprained my ankle and didn’t run in 2015, I was able to defer guaranteed entry status to 2016, but I sprained my ankle AGAIN December 2015, so I didn’t feel confident committing to the race (which you’re required to do very early in the year).

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Hi there! Today we have a post from a very special guest blogger. Enjoy!

Oh, hello. Before I begin, there’s something you should know. This is NOT Cuckoolemon (don’t worry she is safe). This is ILoveNoodles (the handle I use in the comments and wherever else I possibly can), but Cuckoolemon readers know me as Matt, Nicole’s boyfriend.

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First off, congratulations to everyone who ran the NYC Marathon this weekend. I LOVED cheering for you this weekend. You are all so inspiring and I’m so proud of you!!

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cheering at mile 9

Without further ado, my week in review, which if you ran the marathon is a bit less exciting than yours 😉

Sunday: Didn’t work out.

Monday: 45 minute spin class at Flywheel. It was my first spin class in about six months. I played it careful because of my ankle but still got a great workout.

Tuesday: Physique 57: Mixed with Sarah H. My first class with Sarah and she had a kickass playlist. Into it.

Wednesday: Bandier x PureBarre collaboration: Bandier is a luxury athletic brand with an online store and locations in Manhattan and the Hamptons. They partnered with PureBarre for an in-store barre class (sans barre!) I’ve tried PureBarre once before, and didn’t love it, but this class was hard and I liked it.

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Thursday: Ran 4 miles during a NYRR running class. I switched to a slower pace group and had a lot more fun. Central Park was all a glitter in preparation for the marathon and it felt special just to be there.

Friday: “Spooky” Beats at Lyons Den Power Yoga. Love that place!

Saturday: I ran 5.5 miles ( 2+ miles to the starting line and then the Dash to the Finish 5K itself). This is such a great race because of the route: it starts at the UN and runs through Manhattan to get to Central Park. But it’s a very slow race because it’s incredibly crowded. I got there late thinking I could start running immediately but instead I got locked in with the walkers. Still such a great time because of the pre-marathon energy.

Dash to the Finish 5K

sorry for the proof!

I still have so much marathon fever (most emotional spectator ever?). Check out this list of celebs who’ve run the NYC Marathon (and their finish times)! Who did you beat?

Matt ran the marathon and he is so tired he just muttered “I wish I could watch TV with my eyes closed.”

If you ran the marathon, I can’t wait to read your recap! Hit me up with it on Twitter @colehaber.  Fingers crossed I join you running heroes next year.