I ran 10 miles Saturday morning. Not because a training plan told me to. Not because I’m building up base mileage. Not because I ran a race. I ran 10 miles Saturday morning, simply for the love of the run. Well, that’s not ENTIRELY true. I did promise Kristine that I would do all her long runs with her until she takes Disney by storm when she runs the Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon on November 10th.
We were supposed to run 10 miles together Saturday morning, but this sweet dog kept her in Brooklyn for longer than expected.
So, what’s a girl to do? I ran them anyway! In support of her and because there is no better place I’d rather be on a Saturday morning, in the fall, than in Central Park. It’s simply majestic AND because it’s marathon season, after all.
Who wouldn’t want to be immersed in the spirit of the marathon, running alongside STRONG, determined and inspirational runners every where? Like this girl and this girl and this girl. So, today I ran 10 miles all for the love of the run and for my love of marathon season in New York.
The ING NYC Marathon bleachers are up, dressed in marathon orange. The marathon signs have also started going up and soon the finish line will be there, ready for 45,000+ runners to cross the threshold into a dream world where anything and everything is possible.
Next weekend I will cheer my heart out for all of the inspiring people toeing the line at the ING NYC Marathon. Every year, for as long as I can remember, you can find me out on First Avenue cheering for the thousands of amazing people running the marathon. Traditionally, I go for a short run along the East River on marathon morning to fully immerse myself in the spirit of the day. This year, the excitement seems so much greater. Is it because I started racing myself this year? Maybe. Is it because I know SO MANY of these incredible runners this year (usually I know one or two)? Perhaps. Whatever the reason, this year I am over the top excited to get out there and cheer. Maybe it’s because I have an “official” cheering squad this year. In years past, I have just gone out there with a friend or alone to cheer. Earlier this week, Kim and I met for drinks to discuss our “race day” strategy. What did we come up with? Obviously, there will be neon signs, glitter and cowbells. Many, many cowbells!
After much consideration, and A LOT of help from MANY of our Twitter friends, next Sunday you will find us screaming for you on the left side of 90th and 1st and then on the left side of 100th and 5th.
I’m not exactly sure why this year feels so much more exciting. Perhaps it’s because it’s the first year I have seriously entertained the thought of running a marathon myself. Just in case, I’m volunteering at the New York City Marathon Expo this Friday and I have one more race on December 2nd and, thanks to the NYRR 9+1 program, there is a sweet little guaranteed spot for me in the ING NYC Marathon on November 3, 2013, IF I so choose to take it. Yes, I already know the date. DREAM BIG.
On a side note: My Poppy Sam would have turned 97 years old today! Happy 97th Birthday Poppy Sam. I still bake him cookies every year on his birthday. A tradition 21 years in the making.
BEST OF LUCK TO EVERYONE RUNNING THE ING NYC MARATHON ONE WEEK FROM TODAY!!!
Are you running the ING NYC Marathon next weekend?
What is your favorite sign you’ve seen during a half marathon or marathon?
Do you plan on cheering next Sunday at the marathon?
How many half marathons did you run before you ran a marathon?
How did you decide you were ready to run a marathon?