OK, I KNOW everyone is tired of hearing about the marathon, my running, etc. After years of babies, bakeries and all sorts of obstacles that have kept me away from the infamous NYC Marathon.... Sunday, I will run, jog and crawl to the finish line.
A HUGE thank you to everyone who donated to MS last year, the money went to an amazing cause and in honor of one of my best friends w/ MS who is now.... expecting!
Training at Fort Drum for this marathon has been nothing short of a mind**** considering there is absolutely nothing to look at in the physical sense. As far as I am concerned there is a lack of paper somewhere, because we kept all the trees to ourselves. My motivation to run always comes from the struggles we as a military community face, watching friends with multiple children endure seasons passing without their husbands and the joy that is a soldier returning home from war. My husband is home, but since May I have barely seen him. If he sleeps- it's in a truck sitting up, he eats freeze dried food and works around the clock training to leave us again. When that quit voice kicks in, I remind myself that THIS is nothing compared to what he does, and sacrifices for us.
Sunday as always my race will be to honor all of the lives lost to these wars of my generation. One of which I am praying not to send my husband back to next year. I hope to never have to watch my daughter say goodbye to him. This is a very different life we live in now, and for our community lonely holidays and very sad news are usually only a few friends away. It is our choice to serve, so I guess we just cope....but I hope the average citizen doesn't forget the sacrifice.
In my little world, I run to honor them all... on my 26.2 miles I will sing, cry, reflect and thank all of them in my own little way. I love NYC, it is my home and I wouldn't want to attack this challenge anywhere else in the world. Good Luck! to everyone running... and Natalie, the 2012 lottery opens the next day? ;)
Anyone who wants to follow the events which are pretty awesome here are the details:
In New York: The race will be broadcast live exclusively on NBC4 New York beginning at 9:00 a.m. A two-hour highlight show will follow on NBC Sports from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. In the New York metro area, NBC Sports is on NBC4 New York.
In the United States:
NBC Sports will broadcast a two-hour highlight show nationwide, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.; check local listings for details. The broadcast will also be shown on Universal Sports' digital cable channels. Check www.universalsports.com for the channel number and times in your local area
Follow my progress! (slow as a turtle- don't say I didn't warn you!)
*you can't track till race day- my bib #61075 I start at 10:40am est.