2015 NYC Marathon Week

This week is NYC Marathon week. It’s the most wonderful time of year, in my opinion. The finish line flags are up in Central Park. Runners are flying in from all over the world. And I swear the air just smells different. Every year I vow to take a year off from training, and every year I end up signing up because of a serious case of FOMO (fear of missing out). And really, I have a serious case of FOMO every year right around this time because in my life, the NYC Marathon is one of the greatest things ever. There are actually 20 reasons why I love the NYC Marathon.

TCS New York City Marathon

This year, I’m running for PitCCh In Foundation. PitCCh In Foundation was co-founded by Amber and CC Sabathia in 2008 to enrich the lives of inner city youth by raising their self-esteem through educational and athletic activities in the New York Tri-state area and Northern California.

I know lots of people run for charities and lots of people say that they are honored to run for their cause. Remember when I ran for Fred’s Team? I am one of them. But for the first time in my running “career,” this is the first time I truly believe it.

Many of you know that my life changed when I discovered running. Not only did I change physically and lose 70 pounds, but everything about me changed. I became more confident. The way that I dealt with adversity changed. I became more disciplined. And my life path changed. I started this blog years ago seeking accountability in my journey and now I love inspiring people to live healthier lives. I only wish I had discovered running earlier in life and accepted my love for fitness as a kid.

Through my life, I found things that I liked, was good at, and maybe interested in but there wasn’t anything that I was passionate about. I defined myself by my work: who I worked for and what I did because the music industry is sexy.

Have you ever been in a group circle and they ask you to say your name and introduce yourself? Have you ever noticed that people always follow “Hi, my name is…” with “…and I do (blank) for a living.” Your occupation is not who you are.

Never equate your value with your work. It will let you down.

I saw running for PitCCh In Foundation as an opportunity to inspire our youth to discover their passions, through fitness. Running gave me an identity. It reframed how and what I thought about myself, and how I now introduce myself.

Hi, my name is Grace and I’m a runner.

Please consider donating to my PitCCh In Foundation NYC Marathon fundraiser. Your contributions will go towards supporting the athletic and education programs that help our inner-city youth. The kids and I will love you for it!

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