I’m going to run the New York City Marathon.
Let me back up. I’ll start from the beginning.
I’m going to run a 5k. I’ve walked a 5k, but I’m training to run one. You see, I can officially say “training” because today I finished Day Number One. And you know what surprised me? It didn’t kill me. Any time I’ve attempted to run I get shin splints pretty bad. I downloaded an app to help you run a 5k (It’s not Couch to 5k, but I’m not sure what it’s called) and today I did the first day. Warm up walk followed by alternating walking and running for 15 minutes followed by a 5 minute cool down walk. It wasn’t easy, but I didn’t get shin splints at all, and other than being out of breath and tired legs – I felt pretty good. I have a coworker who is a runner – this year she ran a couple of half-marathons, so she’s searching for a 5k that we can run together in January. If I follow my program I’ll be ready to run that 5k!
After running the 5k, I will start training to run the St Louis half-marathon. She just ran that one a month or so ago…so that gives me 10 months-ish to work up to a 13.1 miles. Which you better BELIEVE I will get one of those 13.1 stickers for my car after I finish.
The New York City Marathon.
I get it. This is a goal so lofty that even I have problems believing that I will accomplish it. I’d give myself a .001% chance that I’ll actually follow through. But really, why not? At 21 months away, it’s more than enough time to train for this massive goal. There is a clear path for attaining the goal. I just have to do it. I took the first step tonight, and will continue to take steps until I’m crossing the finish line in the greatest city in the world.