Somewhat on a whim, kind of on purpose, I entered the New York City Marathon Lottery on Tuesday. Like every other marathon in the world, there’s no easy road to the starting line. Training for weeks and months to work yourself into shape to tackle a marathon is no small feat. For New York, however, they make it just a little bit tougher. If you’re going to build up the courage to take on the biggest marathon in the world, you had better have some fast legs, lots of generous friends, or your lucky rabbit’s foot.