This Sunday I will be 1 out of 9,000 females lined up and ready to run in the More Womens Fitness Half Marathon, located in Central Park, NY. A couple months ago after talking with my co-worker about doing a half marathon together, we decided to finally sign-up.
Training for this half has been rigorous. I’ve had to dedicate running at least two times a week, cross training on off days and long distance runs on either Saturday or Sunday. My longest run out of my 9 week training program was 10 miles. They say once you run 6 miles you get a runners high. I do believe that, but I also think it’s mental. Running for that long challenges your mind to test if you believe in yourself to do it. When I think about it, it’s only 2 hours and 15 minutes of my Sunday that I will spend running non-stop.
So, I’ve decided to dedicate each mile I run to someone or something that has positively influenced me throughout this journey.
Mile 1 – My Mom. You will always be “number 1” to me and I’d never be in my shoes if it wasn’t for you and dad. (This message has 2 puns in it). You’ve taught me to patient and to always live in the moment and I appreciate those values. Thank you.
Mile 2 – My Dad. Running with you over the years has been inspiring. I always enjoy coming home and going for a jog with you, even when you’ve just worked all day. You give me no reason not to go to the gym after work. Thank you for always being a dedicated father.
Mile 3 – My Brother. Watching you become so successful has influenced me to follow your footsteps. You are a great role model Ev and I’m so glad to be your sister.
Mile 4 – My Family. I’m so excited to run this mile for all my aunts, uncles and cousins. Thank you for all your support and love!
Mile 5 – Me. My lucky number is 5 so it’s the perfect mile to be a little selfish and run for myself. Being out of college nearly a year, I’m learning to overcome things I never thought I could before.
Mile 6 – My Running Buddies. Shout out to all the people who have ever ran with me along the way. From the start to now, you have all encouraged me to keep going. Thank you!
Mile 7 – My Massachusetts Girls. Molly, Meredith, Mary, Alyssa, and Amy. For mile “seven” I’ll reminisce on our good ol’ days at the studio and competing. You all mean so much to me and I’m glad we’ve remained close even though we’re all far way. Disco stick.
Mile 8 – Boston. This mile is for all those effected by the Boston marathon bombing. I will never forget that day nor the thought that I had that I’ll never run a half marathon after that tragedy. #BOSTONSTRONG
Mile 9 – The Sick. Everyday we wake up is a blessing. To know we have our health, clothes on our back and food on our plate is something we take for granted. This mile is for the immobile, dying, sick, poor, hungry and homeless.
Mile 10 – Cancer. I’ll be thinking about those I know who have ever battled, overcame or passed away from cancer during this mile.
Mile 11 – My Banky. I always enjoyed drinking a cup of tea and playing scat for dimes and pennies after school with you. During that time, you taught me a lot about family and love. I miss you everyday, this mile is for you!
Mile 12- Life. Pretty simple. We’re all given one shot at it and have each day to wake up and make a change. I hope this mile inspires outsiders to do the same!
Mile 13 – For Women! #WomenRunTheWorld