For those of you that don’t know, yesterday was the New York City Marathon. The biggest marathon in the world, NYC hosts over 50,000 (!!!) runners and is one of the world majors. I got to feel a piece of that energy this past March when I (along with 20,000 other runners) completed the NYC Half Marathon, but I can’t even imagine how amazing of an experience running in a race that big would be.
I knew a few people running, so was happy to track them and their progress on the NYC Marathon app. Between reading about their successes (you guys crushed it!!), and seeing all of the amazing videos and posts on social media, I found myself feeling more and more excited for Boston this April. I love watching videos of back-of-the-packers crossing the finish line and reading stories about their experiences; to me those folks are the true inspirations, even more than the elite runners. Watching those runners — runners that came in all ages, shapes, sizes, and abilities — dig deep and gut out what might be the most difficult event in sport was incredibly inspirational. For the first time since I started this crazy journey, I really started feeling like I could do this.
Wearing my NYC Half shirt in support of the NYC Marathoners for Sunday’s run
Also inspirational? The number of people that have donated to offer their support so far. I was accepted onto The Title IX Girls Boston Marathon Team less than two weeks ago; as of this morning, I have raised $1,954.00 and am 24% towards reaching my goal. That is BANANAS. TWENTY-EIGHT unique donors have reached into their wallets. In less than two weeks’ time, there have been twenty-eight of you that have believed enough in me and this crazy idea I have to run the Boston freaking Marathon to donate your hard earned money. To say I have been awestruck and humbled by the outpouring of support would be a huge understatement.
The idea of training for and ultimately running 26.2 miles is crazy. No matter how amazing the cause, the idea of being responsible for raising $8,000 on top of the training is borderline incomprehensible. When I was deciding whether or not I was ready to make this commitment, the fundraising scared me more than the running (go ahead and add that to Katie’s List of Things She Never Thought She’d Say). Thanks to everyone that has donated so far, I’ve started to breathe a lot easier. I still have a long way to go, but with some fun events in the planning stages, and the continued support of my incredible friends and family, I know I’ll get there.
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