I Ran the New York City Marathon
Training: Month 1Late July/Early August
My black toe and I started training hard in August, three months before the marathon. I didn't get in through the lottery system, so I signed up to run for a charity, Team For Kids (TFK). TFK gets kids in impoverished neighborhoods interested in running and a whole trickle-down effect happens. The kids learn how to set goals, work with a team, eat well, and stay out of trouble. For the runners, we raise money to support their races (minimum of $2,500.00), buy them shoes, etc. The benefit for us is we get great coaches to train us for the marathon and the knowledge that we are running for a cause greater than ourselves. So why was I so miserable in my training?
The real kickoff for me was the Nike half marathon (13.1 miles) on August 2. If I hadn't had that on my radar, I wouldn't have stayed even remotely motivated. As it was, I was vacationing with my husband in Europe for the two weeks leading up and fitting in any sort of run was tough. While my husband and friends partied with the midnight sun in Iceland, I ran with sheep, which happen to outnumber people in this tiny country. In London I ran in the much more civilized Hyde Park. I was feeling pretty good, running about eight 9-minute miles on two different occasions. But then, Scotland came....
The last part of my trip was in, of at all things, a Scotch distillery, where I was forced to partake in the drink -- lots of it. I barely remember the flight home and arrived in New York with Chivas Regal attached to my bloodstream like a friend who didn't want to leave.
I rested and rehydrated as much as I could for 48 hours, took a deep breath and got to the starting line. The run wasn't easy, but I lived through it. Plus, I was able to meet some of my TFK teammates for the first time. They seemed like a cool group of runners and I decided that I'd join them for some biweekly and weekend runs. I still didn't have a deep love of the sport and had never experienced the elusive "runner's high" but figured if I forced myself to dive fully into this venture, I'd come around.
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