Tuesday, May 1, 2012

I'm IN!


In what? Oh that's right, the 2012 ING New York City Marathon! My dreams are finally coming true! Let's rewind...

Ever since I was a little girl, I would plant myself in front of the TV on that annual Sunday morning to watch as thousands of runners pounded the streets of the best city in the world. And having been a runner for the majority of my life, I always dreamed of becoming one of the many finishers. But it wasn't until after college graduation that I began to even consider taking the steps towards becoming a marathoner.

I had flip-flopped between doing NYRR's 9plus1 Program, but bit the bullet last November and committed myself. I've run five qualifying races to date and am signed up for two more already. Even though, I'm in for 2012, I'm going to finish out the 9plus1 to guarantee myself for 2013. Hey, maybe I'll want to run it twice?

The mix of emotions that I felt, and still feel, overwhelm me. Along with excitement came the desire to curl up under my desk and hide.  I mean, what am I thinking wanting to run 26.2 miles in a row?! But if my friends who run multiple marathons can do it, then I can too. Right? Right.

So now, with four half marathons under my belt, I feel I have the motivation, dedication, determination, and commitment to run a full marathon. I don't know if I'll be a multi-marathoner, but just running one might be enough to satisfy my palate. Then, hopefully, my crazy side will lighten up and stick to races of 13.1 miles or less.
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25 comments:

poptartyogini said...

I'm so excited for you!! I'm sure you'll be great. It is always amazing to do something you've dreamed of since you were a little kid.

Leigh said...

That is so exciting! I thought about signing up for the lottery as my BIL & SIL are moving there in July, so I could run it and visit them. But I totally forgot :( I can't wait to follow along with your training journey!

Lauren said...

I am so proud of you! You will do great! I felt crazy for running the marathon the entire time (before, during, and after haha).

...and watch out. you will get addicted. the boy and i are already planning LA Marathon 2013 :)

Olga said...

Ahh congrats!! That must be so exciting. It will be such a huge accomplishment once you're done!

Neon Blonde Runner said...

YAYYYYYYYY congrats, friend!!

I am so confident that you are going to do AMAZING for your first marathon :)

Tiffany said...

Oh my gosh, congratulations!! That's awesome! I've never in my life wanted to run a marathon (I am happy with my halves!) until when I read this and I had this little twinge.....you may have just convinced me to try it!

~Tiffany
http://tiffanyd22.blogspot.com

sherri lynn said...

yay! That is awesome!! You are a running machine these days girl! I love that you're getting to do something you've wanted to do since you were a little girl!

Natalie said...

YAY I am so excited for you! I know this is something you really wanted to do...you are hitting your goals girl...congrats!

Sarah said...

Congratulations! I would love to run a full marathon one day...I've done one half so maybe after I get a couple more of those done!

Sweet, Pink, and Preppy said...

Yay!!! I'm so excited for you!!

Jessica @ Lovely Little Things said...

Congrats girl!
This is awesome!
I'm so jealous of your running skills - I don't think I could even do a half!

Happy Tuesday :)
xo

Elizabeth said...

Yay!!! Congratulations! That is so exciting!

Krista said...

Best of Luck Amanda! I'm rooting for you!

Mateya said...

Congratulations! You are way more ambitious than me. I don't think I would ever be ready for a full! Go girl!

amy b.s. said...

freaking so awesome!

amy b.s. said...

freaking so awesome!

J and A said...

That is so so cool!!! My Mom ran it a couple years ago! So fun.

Marjorie said...

Congrats!!!! That's amazing. I can not run for my life, so I really admire people that can do this.

Courtney B said...

AH! Congratulations!! I am sooooo excited for you!!

Adam said...

Congrats and good luck

Megan said...

Congrats!!! So happy for you! I know you are super excited!! ;)

Kristin said...

Wow! What a marathon for your FIRST marathon! Congrats girl :)

Kat said...

Congrats!!!!!!!

Janna Bogert said...

Have you lost weight? You look SUPER skinny! Well, just beautiful as always ;) I can't believe you can do all these races...I'm such a slacker. Haha.

TV's Take said...

Congratulations! How exciting and liberating to cross that finish line.