How did I get here:I ditched my goal of having my first completed stand alone marathon be a Boston Qualifier for showing my kids that you shouldn't pass up opportunities. We GET to do this. I'm not a professional runner. I'm an amateur who is seeking personal goals and gain. I don't need to come out the gate with highlights for a blog or Twitter, what I need is to show my kids that you take life by the horns.
I'm coming up on 12 years of being cancer FREE! That is amazing! Plus I lost 100 pounds through my tri journey + changed more on the inside than out.
This past triathlon season has been incredible with training at the Olympic Training Center with Olympian and Professional triathlete, Andy Potts and finished out with completion of the Ironman World Championships - with a coming soon - NBC Sports Feature. See my live journal + info here. This end of season, I was so excited to give myself a break and focus on run speed this winter to get that BQ in May. Truthfully, that wouldn't be my first marathon, notice above, I said first completed stand-alone. I've completed a few in full Ironman Triathlons (140.6 total miles per race) and I attempted my first standalone marathon in May of this last year. A mere six days after my running buddy, Archer was killed in our yard.View this post on Instagram
Recently I’ve received a lot of comments about my “skinny” size. Friends- this is only a physical manifestation of my journey. I’m only here because I made a choice. I’m only able to be “me” now that I’ve shed weight. Weight of body. Weight of shame. Weight of guilt. Weight of society’s pressures. Triathlon has revolutionized me inside way more than outside. While I appreciate, what I believe to be are acknowledgements of my hard work, remember the hardest work was on the inside. #cancerfree #postpartumsurvivor #makingaspecialchoice
I held him as he bled to death. He was my everything. The following days were filled with immense grieving, helping my children, managing media and the police, as well as figuring out our next legal steps. I barely ate, despite my friends and family descending upon me with meals, for which I am so grateful. My run club, Moms Run This Town, was incredible. They reached out to the race director of that race and asked if they could buy a bibs - some for full marathon, one for a "trade off" so I was NEVER alone. You guys don't even know how amazing this was. However, by mile 23 I couldn't walk. Physically, emotionally. I just couldn't. So I failed my first marathon. After that I wanted to be able to come out the gate with the headline mentioned before, but this past year I had impromptu entered the New York City Marathon lottery, and got in! After my bustling summer, I planned for Ironman World Champs (Oct 13) to be my last race. Then this last week I had a revelation. It would be ungrateful of me to dismiss my lottery entry. I could defer, but I have an opportunity. An opportunity that begins my next bucket list items. I just did IMWC - checked off! Here's the deal, I've never been a fan of the stand-alone marathon distance. As a triathlete - I enjoy the swim bike as precursors. But the pull for a personal challenge + desire to inspire has won out. So here I am, last minute deciding to run the largest marathon in the world this weekend. I haven't ran that much since IMWC but let me tell you ... ... my joy of running is beginning to return. It's basically been brute force and non-existent since Archer was killed. I spent that following month unable to run anywhere but on the treadmill out of fear and angst - and even then it was super short mileage. So now is my time. To not pass up the opportunity, ability and second chance that I have. Yes, I cleared with family. Yes, I cleared it with coach. Yes, I feel great. Despite the injury I had going into IMWC - I feel awesome. One of my best friends is running and letting me crash her hotel. The "stars" are aligning for me to get my stars! It is time to run the NYC Marathon and begin checking off the marathon majors and complete the Abbott World Majors Challenge. I will be coming back to journal more and share my experience. Make sure you come follow on Instagram for live updates! I'm putting this out there for accountability + support. I know this is going to require my community to surround me- as they have this whole process. My husband, kids, friends, family and running club. I thank you each! Ready for the next ride?! FTR - I'm not on a timeline. I have my health, five kids, marriage and my businesses to look out for. 2019 is some changes in my athletic endeavors - but most importantly it's really about focusing on key areas physically + emotionally.
What the Abbott World Majors Challenge is:The Abbott World Marathon Majors is a series consisting of six of the largest and most renowned marathons in the world. The races take place in Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago and New York City. Should it pan out here’s the awesome medal the official challenge completers receive:
My goals:To finish. That's my goal in life - to finish strong. To finish not wasting my second chance. Marathon goal: to finish. Being only 3 weeks out from IMWC I'm not convinced for a "good time". I put myself in for 4 hours when I did the lottery a year ago - I am convinced I'm faster than that on fresh legs - but we will see what happens. Oh, another goal - pet all the puppies I see!
How to track:I'm in Green Wave 2 Corral A and take off around 10:15. Bib # 31699 You can track by mobile app or online tracker here.
Partners I am Working With:I relied on these partners to get me through this extended season:
- REST Performance
- Marc Pro (Use code FITLEGALLY for $32 off a Marc Pro and $47 off a Marc Pro Plus)
- Roka Sports - loveeee the glasses
- PD Labs (Use code FITLEGALLY for 20% off supplements)
- Garmin 935 with internal heart rate monitor
- Newton Running Fate 2s
- Nike shorts & sports bra
- Team RWB tank
- FEETURES Socks
- ProForm Treadmill
- Gu energy gels
- On course: Gatorade Endurance