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!