After signing up for the New York City Marathon 6 months ago, I had no clue where life would take me. I just knew come November 3rd I would be running my guts out. Little did I know that I would move from NY to VA to Tx and be enroute to NJ all in that time frame. It’s funny because I’m constantly asked if I’m more stressed with the amount of moving I’ve done…and I’m not. I’m the least stressed I’ve been in years.
Would I have not signed up for the race had I known that?
No. I still would because I live life on the edge.
As you know on Sunday I am running my first marathon. For some people a marathon isn’t a big deal but for me it is. After all the training and life turmoil I have gone through, I’m happy to make it to the starting line injury free (knock on wood since I’m scheduling this post for Friday…). Since my cyst and cortisone shot just over a year ago I have manged to stay injury free. The only two exceptions were when a cyclist hit me and when my knee bothered me (which lasted three days with rest…). I have learned a lot about myself and training in the last year to manage this. When I signed up for NYCM in May, I didn’t truly believe I would make it to the starting line without any injury or niggles. I have learned when running is and isn’t worth it. Why push the pace or run now when I can save it for the marathon and be well rested?
My goal for my first marathon has always been to finish injury free. I don’t know how I’ll feel after that 20 mile point and I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself. There will always be other races, other marathons that I can says yes 3:10 is a perfect goal. Or yes X:XX is a great concrete goal. Right now my goal is to finish and in my dreams being close to 3:10.
With a morning wake up 5 hours before the race as well as standing in the cold, the hidden hills and not so hidden bridges as well as the crowd (1000 people in the same corral!) I can only imagine what will happen. I can guarantee I will give it my best shot and go from there.
Finishing your first marathon is a great accomplishment and should never be taking lightly. As dad told me once (while training for one of his Shamrock Fulls), You should always enjoy the process and training cycle as more then the actual race. You put so much time and life into that training that you have to enjoy it. Your race is a single morning. If you can walk away from the race you are fine.
So that has always been my goal.
I would also like to take a second to thank everyone that has supported me (in real life and blogging).
First my parents and family. My dad drove all the way up to NY with me to watch and my brother came from school to watch and support me. Also my dad for taking about 100 pictures when I say “it’s for the blog”. I have asked my dad for advice along the way and I know I can always count on him for real advice. Though my mom doesn’t run she supports me and my training. I am truly lucky that I have a strong backbone of support from my family.
Tim, of course, for running a large amount of my later miles with me and supporting me. I was very lucky that most of my 20 milers he either ran with me or rode his bike alongside of me. That made them go by so much quicker but also pushed me to do what I needed to do throughout the run. He put up with my whining, complaining, several girl cry runs and several near attacks by dogs. I also get extremely angry while running sometimes and things escalate quickly…in my mind (as to why I’ll probably never join a running group.). For those who don’t know Tim drove back to East with me two weeks early so I didn’t have to alone, flew back to Texas and is now driving back again. He is doing the same two drives I did…in the matter of two weeks.
Next, for everyone that helped and gave me advice. There are far too many people to mention but I found myself constantly asking for advice from people I truly admire and that inspire me. Jen, Kris L, Jason, Kevin, Andrew H., Shannon, Kailey and Mollie are a few people that come to mind. Seriously thank you for putting up with my 100 questions and thank you for just being you…ie inspirational and awesome.
Tim’s family has always been so supportive of my running. They are always asking how I’m doing, supporting me and it’s so nice to be so close with them too.
Oiselle for being a great backbone of support. The Bird really is the word. I can honestly say the company, the people and everything about them is genuine and so supportive.
Next are Hampton Roads runners who I have grown so close with as well as dailymile friends supporting me. I try to give up dailymile but I’m too invested in your training and each of your journeys to do that.
Finally I would like to thank some of my closest friends and without you guys I would be a mess in real life and running life. I know this is sappy but I never thought I would make it to the starting line of a marathon without the support of you guys. Laura A., Laura S., Heather, Theresa and Marie thank you for your constant support. Though Anna is in China, she routinely checks up on me and I cannot wait to see you next summer!
I know I missed a lot of people but seriously I could not have made it to the starting line of my dream race without each and every person in my life.
I am truly blessed (proper blogging technique) and happy. All that is left to do is pick up my number, relax and make it to the finish line as happy as I am right now. If it’s a 3:10 I’m happy. If it’s a 4:10 I’m happy. As long as I make it through my dream race happy and injury free my goal of finishing my first marathon will be accomplished. Sappy LOLZ out.
So thank you.