If we are connected on Twitter, you know I had some pretty big news on Friday. Asics, the premiere running and athletic company, invited me to run this year’s TCS New York City Marathon as part of their Asics Editor’s Challenge. I, along with a few other bloggers, will be running 26.2 miles alongside some of the most elite runners. Well, maybe not alongside them because they’re much much faster than I am, but I’m proud to be a part of the Asics family and represent them as I run the streets of New York.
To be clear, even though I just shared the news I did not start training last week. I would not recommend that anyone decide to run a marathon with 45 days to go. I’ve been completing my long runs each week as part of my training plan, but just not sharing on social media. Do you know how hard that is for me? To run 10+ miles each week and not share with you on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook?
So why am I running again and putting my body through this torture again? Besides the fact that I’m so THRILLED to be a part of the Asics team, I frickin’ love this race, the community of runners that comes from all over the world, and New York City. My city. More importantly, I love the challenge. I love doing something I never in my wildest dreams thought I would do. Even though I’ve been to this rodeo a few times now, the experience is like it’s my first time each and every time. I still get butterflies in my stomach thinking of race day and I still question whether I can do it. But I love proving myself wrong. I love showing myself that I’m stronger than I think.
Strength is found on the other side of discomfort.
My goal this year is not only to finish the race, but to finish it in 4:45 or at the very least under 5:00. That was my goal last year but I missed it be two minutes (insert gnashing of teeth). My other goal, is to to not cry during the race. I seem to always get emotional right around miles 15 and 16 when I spot the spectators on First Avenue. Crying makings breathing very difficult!
How will I accomplish these goals? Asics has hooked me up with Coach Andrew Kastor who trains some of today’s most elite long-distance runners and some amazing gear. I had my first call with Coach Kastor last week. I was worried that he’d think “psssh, this girl is so amateur.” Instead, he was extremely supportive, reassuring, and kind. His training plan has also made me realize how I’ve been over training the last few years. Ladies, running more does not make you a better runner. Run smarter!
Now that I’ve shared the news, I look forward to the coming weeks. I can’t wait to share with you how much I’m getting stronger. I can’t wait to present the amazing Asics products I get to try. And I’m so excited that you’ll be a part of this one-in-a lifetime experience with me.
Meet the Editor’s Challenge Team
For more on Asics and all their current products like the GEL-Pursue and GEL-Kayano 21, visit their website.
What I’m currently training in: the Asics GEL-LYTE 33