**Disclaimer. I wrote this post before I came down with laryngitis and it's been a really humbling experience. I want to run Sunday and I want to give it everything I have. There's no time goals, or pressure now, it's just about finishing. ***
Here's the post I had scheduled:
It's no secret I started training for the NYC Marathon with the goal of going sub-4 hours. That was something my coach and I talked about considering my recent race times. As I worked my way through the training plan I realized this may not be the sub-4 hour race for me.
I've always been someone who struggles to really "slow down" on the long run. I like to hold the pace, for longer distances, because it helps me mentally know that I'm capable of. I just couldn't keep that pace once I started hitting 16, 18, 20 miles. I know that race day adrenaline will help but I don't want that pressure this time.
One day, it hit me. Why do I want to go sub-4?
For my first (maybe only) marathon I really want to enjoy myself. I want a 26.2 mile party where I celebrate my hard work. I want to high-five spectators, I want to take photos with the skyline and I want to stop and pee, if I have to, without stressing about losing time. I want to SOAK IT ALL IN.
I am going to run a freakin' marathon!! I am so proud of myself.
I worked my ass off (sadly, not literally haha) to get here. I raised money for charity, I saved for a year to afford this trip. I put in the work.
I am going to celebrate the fact that I can run this race in my favourite city!
It's going to be hard but I know I can do it. Whatever the time says on the clock I'm going to be thrilled to cross that finish line (Just thinking about it gives me goosebumps!!)
Of course, I want a time goal in there (if you know me well, you're not surprised ha ha!) Again, this is just something I like to do but I will be proud no matter what my chip time ends up being!!! So, why the 4:18? Well, when I crunched the numbers a 9:50 felt do-able for me. Plus, I finished my first half marathon in 2:09 and it's the double the distance so it felt appropriate.
Of course, things can happen Sunday that are out of my control. I could get sick or injured or feel amazing and have the race of my life.
I just want to get to that finish line with a smile on my face (and probably tears streaming down my face.)
Hi, I'm Kaella, a single mom, reporter and avid runner. I love sharing my workouts, race-recaps, and experiences in group fitness class, with you. I also talk about my four-year-old son London a lot. I'm slightly obsessed with NYC, Starbucks and 5 Cent Candies.