Celebrate The Finish Line Not the Finish Time
So this past weekend has been more or less the most Inspiring weekend ever! It started on Thursday for packet pick up. NYRR had the Dash To the Finish pick up along with the ING NYC Marathon so walking in to the Javits center was like walking into Heavens gates. There was so many runners from all over the world and walking into the EXPO instantly gave me the Bug.
I never saw myself ever wanting to ever run a Marathon and HOLY CRAP I WANT TO NOW! From the first second you step into the expo you can feel the energy the power that is the NYC MARATHON!!! My friend Nirvana and I caroused the aisles for about 5 hours.. Up and down back and forth. We both left out of there with new running shoes and a smile from ear to ear. We both were now pumped for not only the dash to the finish but hopefully making it into the marathon come 2014 or even 2015.
Saturday comes and I meet Nirvana at the Train Station and we are off to the start line. I meet up with one of my amazing NYCInstarunners, @Nerdrunning (Raf)… I’m going to be honest, since I joined this community of runners, I have found my HAPPY! My Running Life Feels soooo complete.. and it all started at the Queens 10K when I first met The Awesome Mom, Amy! Okay so back to the Run before I get side tracked and tell you how I LOVE MY RUNNERS!… We started off on 42nd St. and Head down to 6th Ave. The First 2 miles have me awe struck with the fact that I am running through the city and headed to central park once again. Running past The Empire State and Radio City was just amazing.. I stopped here and there to take it in.. to look up and enjoy what New York city is. It’s History, its amazing architecture, it’s amazingness… To Think, I live in this city.. Mile 2 starts just shortly after you enter central park….. and this is when things get real, this is when the emotion sets in, and this is where I catch the marathon bug even worse. Coming into the gates and seeing all the nations flags and the energy of the people just got to me… Running through the finish line and looking down at my time made me SOOOO happy. I had pr’d and Clocked my fastest mile! I was stoked….
Then a text msg came through…. You wanna come to Breakfast I have access to the VIP tent… umm Yes… So I meet up with Raf and that’s when my girl Nirvana had an early christmas Present… She got to meet her idol Shalane Flanagan! I can’t thank Raf enough for that inviting us for breakfast. I’m also so happy to have him as friend as well.. Seriously, he has the sweetest soul and a damn good runner!
So sunday comes, and I had been slated be the Social Reporter for NYCInstarunners and my cousin Donna… My Running community ROCKS!! Seriously each of them that ran has inspired me so much! Alexie, DUDE YOU DID IT!!!!! and the best part is he ran the last 3 miles with his son by his side but he was with him the whole way! Each of our runners was greeted by one amazing lady who has not only inspired me but who I consider a dear friend, Amy. The tears of Joy, happiness, and OH MY GODS were met with her placing their medal around their neck followed up by a congratulations and a hug. I honestly don’t know what or if there is a better feeling than someone you know putting your medal on you.. Especially someone as amazing as her. She truly has a heart of gold.
Here it is Wed, I have been going back and forth with this entry. Trying to figure out what, what I want to say and where I want to go.. But I will say this, part of me is kicking myself for not making it down to mile 20 to hang with Joseph and see my fellow runners get ready for the last 10K of their amazing journey. I’ve told myself that next year if I do not get in that I would make it down there to support my FRIENDS! This community feels more to me like an elite club of amazing people that inspire in some way shape or form. I’ve said before I feel whole and complete. I found my Comfort Zone in NY finally. I know I may ramble and not shut up sometimes… but I am just super stoked on life, love what I am doing and where I am going. 2014 has so many promising things coming to it and I glad to have met the people I have.