This race has been a long time in the making. I ran the Marathon in 2008 and while it was a great experience I pledged not to run it again (it was HARD - and I didn't forget). And while i have the saying never say never, I really thought I had conquered that mountain and that I would move onto other athletic adventures. In fact, after the marathon I didn't run for a few years (here and there small runs on the treadmill but nothing serious). I was just really burnt out by the toll the Marathon took on my body and wanted to move on.
Fast forward to 2013...I have been exploring my health goals and thought I would apply for the NYC Marathon. This year I was serious and wanted to explore it as an option. I have actually applied for the NYC Marathon every year and been rejected (which was fine with me) and have always said if I get in I'll train and run! To my amazement I had automatically qualified based on three rejections the past three years (yes you get automatic entry if you don't get in for three years in a row). So there was my answer, I was going to start running again and train for a marathon!
This year's marathon is extra special as the 2012 Marathon was cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy and the energy around the marathon is palpable. It is also extra special for me because I decided to join the Facebook Team in Training group and I have support from my colleagues as well as the TNT Brooklyn group! I was terrified of raising money as I had always struggled with fundraising in elementary school (yes I was scared from an experience over 20 years ago).
Training is hard, fundraising is a joy and teamwork is FUN!
I am 74% of the way to my goal of $3000 (because of all the amazing support from my network I have raised my fundraising goal 2X and will continue to raise it as I hit additional milestones). If you want to donate, click here: http://bit.ly/14fGxQa
I will continue to write about my runs, how I feel training and where I am towards my fundraising goals. Thanks for continuing to read through my journey (especially since I took a 6 month hiatus from blogging)!
My 15/16 mile run yesterday!