All my life running was hammered into my head as a form of punishment.
elementary school it was the dreaded mile that we had to run twice a year for fitness assessments. I was the fat kid who couldn't run and at that time I probably would have rather been home sick with the swan flu then at school running the mile.
high school through college running was a form of punishment when it came to volleyball. Well actually I chose volleyball because of the lack of running that was involved. Jumping? fine. Sprawling on the floor? not a problem. Run a mile? I'd rather die.
My senior year in college playing volleyball fell apart and I struggled a lot emotionally with A LOT of different things. Disordered eating, self doubt, loss of friendships, loss of who I was. I turned to working out and over did it. hard core. So you ask..why is this important? Well after I made the decision to commute to New Jersey every day from New York my final semester of college to escape the black cloud that hung over Newark, NJ. I finally got back to myself and understood the healthy way to live.
I started running for fun. Yes, for fun. The treadmill was fun! It was a great workout and it was only me and my ipod and I felt unstoppable.
And now you're wondering why I'm telling you all this.
A week from this Sunday I will be running my first 10K in Central Park.
September 20th, 2009 I will be running my first half marathon in Queens, NY.
JANUARY 10TH 2010 I will be running my first MARATHON!!!
that's right people! You were ALL so inspirational and your words really and truly moved me. SO on a whim today and after being peer pressured by one of my best friends via AIM I registered for the Disney Marathon.
holy fjsklfjsklafjosdjflkmfksm is how I feel right now.
Fact: I have not run any races yet EVER.
Fact: I live in NY
But as I was running today and when the hour and a half was up and it said 11.25 miles on my Ipod I thought why? And today I answered my own question.
Ashley and I have been emailing me back and she sent me this picture
Is it not SO inspirational!?
SO now I'm asking for your help! all you marathon runners out there help me. What's the next step? Looks like I'll be training by myself which is going to be challenging. How did you train? How did you prepare? Were you nervous? I'm SO excited and yet it's so far away. Yes, a marathon is long. And who knows if I'll be able to do it. But the feeling of crossing that finish line I KNOW will be worth it.
Just wanted to keep you guys updated :) Back tonight with a for riz post!