Yeah.  You read right.

I’M RUNNING THE NEW YORK MARATHON IN NOVEMBER.

I signed up this morning as a charity runner.  Oh. My. Gosh.  The charity I am raising funds for is “Run For Something Better.”   Please take a moment to read more about this charity and why I chose it here. Because, quite frankly,  I’m gonna need everyone’s help to raise funds.

I’m going to be honest with you – there are virtually a thousand reasons why committing to this marathon is a stupid idea. There are a thousand reasons why I WON’T BE ABLE TO DO IT.

Why don’t we just get them out of the way right here and now, okay?

  • I am not in shape to run a marathon.  Hell, I haven’t run more than 4 miles consecutively in months.
  • I am fairly certain that my IT Band issue is just lurking there.  Waiting to become inflamed again and derail my efforts.  That petrifies me.
  • I am in the beginning stage of launching a new business with my partner.  Me? Busy?  Only if you consider working until late into the evening and uber-early in the morning busy.
  • I have two children, a husband and a household to manage.  We are in soccer mania people!  And call me crazy but I would like to actually spend time with the hubby once in awhile.
  • I am a good 15-20 pounds over my ideal weight.  And by “ideal” I mean healthy marathon weight. I have a lot of training to do.  I’m not even on a strength training program yet.

OKAY.  DONE WITH THAT NONSENSE.

You wanna know why I will succeed? I have a passion for it. It has been a goal of mine since I was a small child.  I vividly remember living in Fort Wadsworth (Staten Island) at 10 years old when marathon time came around.  Runners would camp out overnight in our back yard.  I just remember thinking to myself, “What are they DOING?! Why in the world are they running so far?!” I was intrigued. I didn’t start running myself until about eight years later and didn’t pick it up as a sport until I was in my thirties.

I’m not fast. I’m not slow.  I’m just an average mamma runner with a dream.  The NYC Marathon has been on my “bucket list” since I can remember.

I’M GOING FOR IT!!!

I hope you will support me.  Perhaps some of you will give financially so that I can raise money for the charity. Perhaps some of you will cheer me on via Twitter or hang out here more often on my blog as I chronicle the journey.  Perhaps some will support me on race day…

Whatever you do, know that I will need you and that I appreciate you.  I hope that you find inspiration in this everyday, normal, trying-to-hold-it-together, working mom’s journey!

BELIEVE.