Here I am! Less than 24 hours away from my biggest race ever. My first marathon. My home run. 26.2 in New York City. The city that has changed my life in the past 4 years. Let me share some final thoughts and emotions before my big day.
I’ve been training for the NYC Marathon since July. Looking back when I wasn’t sure if I should run this race or not, makes me laugh today. It was already one of the best experiences in my life – and I haven’t even crossed the finish yet.
I was able to get to know my body so much better and I have learned so many things about myself along the way that it was all worth it already. Waking up early on a Sunday running 15 + miles – no alcohol, a strict diet and no long night outs and parties. I’m a very dedicated person and everything I do I’ll do it 100 – I know I could have been a little bit more relaxed about a few things here and there but I wasn’t – it’s just how I am I guess.
With only a few hours away from the start I feel strong, confident and today I know that you can accomplish everything you want as long as you work hard enough for it. “You can do anything” – that’s my mantra for the race. Weeks ago I felt intimidated and anxious. Today I know what I am capable of. I trust my training and my body.
I’m so proud of you
My family lives thousands of miles away from me which is why I’m so grateful that I was able to have my Mom and my brother by my side the past 2 weeks – I loved their presence, their energy and their pure and strong believe in me as a runner. Training for a marathon does help a lot to build your confidence on the road but there is nothing like a Mom who tells you that she is so proud of you doing this.
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together” – Thanks to everyone who was a part of my journey to my first marathon – you guys are the best. I can’t wait to run this thing tomorrow – it’s time to earn the medal.