Flash back - when the lottery opened for the NY Marathon, I was a little tipsy and on the phone with my friend Darlynn. With her encouragement, I entered the lottery and a few months later, received this message:
I had many months to train for the New York Marathon. I have sleepless nights where all my thoughts go to those who deserve the chance to run this 26.2 over me.
Did I train according to the schedule placed on my outlook calendar? Unfortunately not. An engagement and daily summer storms along with self doubt (plus any other excuse one can generate) overtook my schedule.
I am not dedicated enough to train for a full marathon - honestly, I don't have the time for it week after week. I get a lot of flack from my friends but here is how I get through it.
When life gets you down - Just keep running
Gabe said to me - do not think of it as 13 miles. Think of it as 6.5. I looked at him with 10 heads and he states, if you have gotten to 6.5, you have no choice but to finish 13 since we are that far away from the house.
And he was right. For the first time in my running life, I did not hate 13 miles. This could have a great deal to do with the fact I have to double that distance in there weeks....but at least I am more positive.
Speaking of, Wine makes me feel like a super human - if I bring a 4 bottle water belt during the marathon - am I allowed to have one bottle of powerade, two waters and one full of Cakebread Chardonnay? Just kidding - kinda........