A few years ago, I was working out with the group of people who invited me to run a casual half marathon. For some reason, I agreed even though I hadn't run over a mile in ummmmm three years. I ended up finishing that run and a couple other 13-ish milers in a few months span. During these runs when I felt like my body was shutting down, I never thought I would actually ever want to run a full marathon! So why then, you ask, would I put my name and a hat to run a marathon… I started thinking of life as a whole story. A combination of places you've been, things you know, and stuff you've done with the people you love is pretty much all you leave behind. So why not add a marathon to that life story? I am so excited to feel what I can only assume is the best feeling of accomplishment crossing the finish line.
I've never run an organized race, well other than cross country in school, so I'm very excited about all of the excitement from the crowd, the music, and the fans cheering along the streets. Most of all, I'm excited about the sites. I've visited Manhattan several times, but have never really seen any of the other boroughs. The New York City marathon route covers all five boroughs, and I'm amped to see them all on foot.
There have been many blisters, ice packs, early mornings, and lots of sweat... No tears yet, but I may shed one when I cross that finish - a tear of JOY! During my training, whether it's one mile or 15 miles, I set out with the same goal: Don't die. I have no regard for time and literally only focus on finishing.
Feel free to follow me bring up the back of the pack by downloading the app and entering my bib #57253. :)
Stay tuned for updates and pics from the race!! And wish me luck... One can never have enough of that!