The NYC Marathon is now under 4 weeks away. This is the point in time when I start thinking, “What the heck was I thinking???” It’s finally starting to seem real again and the nerves are picking up. Don’t get me wrong- I’ll be there and I will finish with flying colors! I’m just starting to remember that 26.2 miles hurts. It’s not a walk in the park or anything like my quick 6 mile runs. (I still love that 6 miles is now my short run!) 26.2 miles will take right around 5 hours to complete. That’s right. I will be on my feet moving towards the finish line for 5 hours. I have a hard time sitting through many 2 hour movies at this point in my life. Why did I decide to do this again? Was someone holding a gun to my head or was I drunk or something?
No, I was just completely on a high from finishing the marathon last year. I’d sworn during my training that I would NEVER run a marathon again. Once and done was definitely my motto. Then I experienced the whole event and crossed that finish line. I was officially a marathoner! The next morning I went back to Central Park and walked the last quarter mile up to the finish line to where you could get your medal engraved with your name and time. Walking back up to the finish line remembering what it felt like to finish the day before was just amazing. I had so much fun visualizing the crowd, the volunteers and all the other runners. It was one of the best feelings I’ve had in my life.
After I made it back home that morning I immediately went online and signed up for the 2011 lottery. I absolutely wanted to recreate my run through the 5 boroughs.
Now that almost an entire year has passed I’m nervous again. I want marathon day to hurry up and get here. I want to be in the middle of all those runners and spectators, taking part in one of the biggest events in NYC each year. I want to know that I hit my target of raising $5000 for the Michael J. Fox Foundation and that each of my steps is a symbolic step for everyone who cannot run. I want to pass someone completing the marathon on crutches again and give him a quick cheer. I want to pass Superman on the Queensboro Bridge and most of all I want to see that finish line 100 yards ahead and know that I’m going to cross it again.