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 HOLY CRAP IT”S HERE!!! It’s really here. This is where my life get’s serious and all the BS is left behind. I’d be lying if I didnt say that I started to cry last night thinking about where I have come from, what I have accomplished thus far, and where I am about to go. OMG I AM RUNNING NYC WITH #MYRUNNINGFAMILY!!!! Get Stoked.. But first, I Thank God for my #SoulSister Amy ( aka: THE AWESOME MOM ) For making me get off and out of my Couch Monster position and hit the streets running.. Cus man, I was not and have not been feeling it lately since I hurt my foot! But I did it. So up first 4 mile run! I ended up doing 3.34 miles instead because my headphones died out pretty much 1/4 of the way through. and I’m sorry I need to listen to my jams when I run. It gets me 110% out of my head.
4 mile run – 3.34