After finishing the NYC Marathon last year I said to myself,” A: I’m never doing this again and B: I’m totally volunteering next year for medals cus thats gotta be way easier!” Here I am, training for next year’s marathon and my calves still burn from being on my feet for 15 hours. Why do we keep doing this to ourselves and that’s simply answered in 5 words, To Continue to Challenge Ourselves.
Its Sunday Morning November 1st @ 5 am.. Why am I up? I should be sleeping in but I’m not! My eyes are burning from the lack of sleep and I’ve gotta manage to somehow make sure I make it to the train on time after putting my make up on which I’m so not used too! Uggg… I’m not running! Why did I do this again? Oh thats right to be a part of something bigger.. To be the Last Point on the mission of 26.2 miles. To hold the Major Award for those who just endured miles and miles of New York City streets. To be there for my Club Mates and Friends from all over. To be the shoulder and arms to hold them up!!! and To be that Smiling face after the journey that so many have trained so hard to make!
Sunday was inspiring and so dang emotional! My friends inspire me everyday and Sunday they put more of the Running Bug back in me. I can’t stop thinking about 2016 and my own journey. Now to get rid of this dang cold I got from all the runners and their hugs and kisses LOL..
CONGRATS TO ALL THE 2015 TCS NYC MARATHON FINISHERS.
This time last year was the most nerve wrecking week. I was about to embark on the biggest achievement of my life along with many other First Timers as well.. The New York City Marathon, in my eyes, is the marathon of the year next to Boston. I get totally stoked for both races but nyc….. with what I did last year has now a very special spot in my heart. With that being said, boy do I have some amazing news.
This past week I had had a Dream about Margaret Hagerty! If you don’t remember my run in with her last year at the NYC Marathon, read my post, My NYC Marathon to refresh your memory. In August, my dear friend Margaret passed away due to complications to a stroke, she was 92. In this dream she told me that she was still running, and that she was happy that I was back running after I had sustained an injury to my knee from the marathon. That she said that I needed to Keep pushing forward and to keep going to just cross that ‘damn’ finish line. I can’t help but laugh when she said that because that was Margaret. She then told me to make sure that I am reaching out to Sue that we are now bonded for life and she now needs me in her life. And that’s just what I did… I woke up the next day and proceeded to email Sue. That’s when my heart filled with warmth and my eyes with tears when I received an email in return from Sue.
So with all that being said in short, Looks like I will be Running the TCS NYC Marathon 2016 with Sue in memory of Margaret thanks to Emily and NYRR. I honestly can’t believe I said yes to another marathon.. What? I know crazy right… But it’s for my dear friend that I met that day November 2nd 2014 that changed my life, forever! And even if I have to crawl, cry, beg, and wine….Ohhh Wine! HA! I will cross that finish line just as Margaret did that day for her 81st marathon at the young age of 91.
Now to reach out to Girls On The Run and see if they will help out and if there is a way we can do something in Margaret’s name. If anyone of my readers reads this and can help out. Please let me know…. I’d love to run with and for something she believed so much in!
As long as people make me feel welcome and don’t pay attention to how slow I’m going, as long as I feel comfortable and am physically able, I’m going to keep going – Margaret Hagerty
You continued going through your pain and stopped to help that woman along. That speaks volumes and teaches me to be less selfish in future races. I have a hard time slowing for anyone to achieve my own goals but sometimes forgetting to stop and inspire others.
Thank you for doing, helping and finishing! – Teresa ( Hellgate Runner / Friend / One Badass MammaJamma, and a girl that inspires me )
This speaks volumes as to what my NYC Marathon experience was about. My morning started off by taking a car at 6:45am to the Staten Island Ferry to meet up with some of the members of my run club. I was so nervous my stomach was in knots pretty much the whole trip over there. I had stopped off earlier to get a bagel, banana, and coffee.. Cus lets put it this way, IT WAS FRIGGIN COLD OUT!! I hopped on the 7:45am Ferry with my fellow team mates. Soon after I received a phone call that the rest of the crew was on the ship as well.. I was elated as I need to see my AMY ( The Awesome Mom ). I call her mine because she gets me…. she gets this whole thing… and infact we are just too much alike not to be attached at the hip! She also had Enida ( love her ), Kenny ( my homie that owes me some henni) and the United Nations, I mean Alexie LOL. Once that Ferry docked and we stepped outside the winds had picked up even more.. This was going to be one interesting run. They called for 40 – 60 mph’s that day. They also said that it would calm down by sunset. WRONG. but we would manage.
So, I’ve made my quota for my Team For Kids Fundraiser and I was really excited about the love I recieved from my Run Club, complete Strangers, certain family members. Leading up to my decision to do a fundraiser I was pretty much nervous to do this.. But I had thought long and hard about it and gave it a go. During this time, I have had some negative feedback about doing a fundraiser to run the NYC Marathon. It’s cool that you have your own feelings about “earning” your spot and people “earning” yadda yadda yadda.. I earned mine too, I earned it for a great cause. Something I believe in, as every year more and more activities are being taken away from our youth; especially PE Classes and sports in general. I grew up playing all sorts of sports, and I always enjoyed my PE classes. But what I currently don’t love, is the people that I thought I could count on’s comments. So what I have done because of this, is pull myself from social media ( facebook ). Because of the stuff I read, or even heard from others really upset me and put me in a place that I try not to go. I’m sensitive and I’ll admit it.. But if you said this to me, to my face, in an email, or a letter I would have been okay with it as I would of had a conversation about it. But reading it and getting things second hand really truly made me question everything around me.