Since becoming a marathoner almost 4 years ago, I knew I was destined to run this amazing 26.2 mile distance again and again. All it took was that first race, that first finish line. I wanted more, in fact I craved it.
Every runner has a path. My path has been very exciting, all the while learning about myself, my body and how to run injury free. The path hasn’t always been easy, and I’ve made mistakes along the way. Who doesn’t? The main thing to focus on is the process. How to get yourself to the starting line, and how best to cross the finish line. To date, I have now crossed the marathon finish line 23 times. I am full of gratitude just thinking about that number. Each race offers a unique runner experience, and in fact, over the next few months I will be hopefully adding another 4 marathon finishes to my repertoire. Asheville, All American, Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh, and Herald of Victory all by the end of May. How lucky am I?
My marathon journey affords me chances to challenge myself beyond my wildest imagination. It really is no joke to set out on a 26.2 mile run. For my ability to run, I am so thankful. My journey also gives me chances to travel to places I may not have gone otherwise. For example, I’ve been to Chicago twice now in two years, both times to run the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. I’ve only been to NYC once now in the past 18 years, and why? Yep, you guessed it, to run the TCS New York City Marathon. Marathons get me places, take me places and sometimes even put me in my place. I’ve been to Colordao once in my life. Yes, to run a marathon. I’ve been to Utah once, again, for a 26.2. Where to next? I’ve never been to Boston, but I want to go! (I’m working on it!).
Amazing marathons exist all over the globe, and I hope to have the chance to travel abroad to many great races. I recently entered the lottery to run the BMW Berlin Marathon this year, but didn’t get in. I’ll keep trying. Eventually I would love to run all six of the Abbott World Marathon Majors. As my marathon journeys continue, so will my chances to get into the final four majors that I haven’t been so lucky or fortunate to run yet. What’s left on the list? Of course the coveted BAA Boston Marathon, but also the Virgin Money London Marathon, BMW Berlin Marathon, and Tokyo Marathon. This list leads me to my Major Announcement….. I have been named an Abbott World Marathon Major Ambassador!!! Yes! So excited to help spread the word of marathoning and working with this great organization. I hope you’ll enjoy this journey with me.