In one week, I'll be running the Boston Marathon. Wow. That's just crazy.
How is it already here? How has time went by since January 1st when I began this training cycle to today when I'm officially one week away? I have literally been dreaming of this day for a very very long time even before I was a marathon runner.
It was a dream that I never thought would happen. Yea, marathon running sounded cool and tough but I didn't know if it was ACTUALLY something that was realistic for me. I kept saying I was going to do it but yet I kept stopping when I went to put one foot in front of the other. One day, it just clicked and I just kept going. I told myself I was ready and prepared to take on the big marathon, and my life has never been the same.
There was life before and after the marathon, and this life after running marathons is something that I can't describe. It's so much more than running.
There's so many ups and downs, and each time that you go through a training cycle you have to figure out what is going to work for you that is going to get you to finish those training runs, and for me, that's always the finish line. I can remember the first long runs that I did when I first began running, and envisioning the finish line during that would make me emotional. I can remember running on the hudson my first cycle of marathon training in NYC and getting emotional thinking about the finish line in Boston. I hadn't even qualified yet, but I just would think about what that would feel like if I ever got there....and here we are. It's so surreal.
When you are doing something that is hard, there are going to be days that you aren't on a high, and that's why I titled this to always envision the finish line because that is ALWAYS what got me through. Once you do a few races, you know the emotional high that you feel at the end of a marathon and so all of those hard runs are worth it to get to that end which is the reward for all of this.
It's funny how us humans work, and it's funny that something so simple as crossing a line can make you feel that way. It gives you hope, it makes you push, and it helps you to find a deeper part of yourself than you've ever known. It's odd, but it does. Every single time, I learn myself more and more, which leaves me craving for the next!!! :) I can't wait to share my experience with you guys, and I'm honestly really excited for the taper. HA!
This video brings me to tears... the first line explains it all "Running has just become my life. It gets me through everything."