The day started out like any other. You know the day that the NYC Marathon lottery happens. Back in January I decided to put my name in the lottery. Why? No idea, just thought it was the natural progression of my journey.
Let me back track a little. Three years ago I started a paper & pencil journal. Old school style in a book, with pretty pens, lol. I figured I was telling my clients all the time about the benefits of journaling so why not try it myself. In the front of that journal I started a bucket list. At first it was going to be 40 things to do before 40 but I couldn’t come up with 40 things so it just became a bucket list.
Some of the things on that list were:
- travel outside of the US
- get my passport
- own a home
- take the girls to Disney
- run a half marathon
- run a marathon
Say what?? I wasn’t even on my journey to fitness at that point. I was overweight and miserable to say the least. Why would I put those things on that list? Who knows…. Well fast forward and I did get my passport, we went to Canada, we bought our home, took the kids to Disney and oh yeah I ran 4 half marathon’s. Now there are a lot more things on this list and most of them have not been accomplished but I am getting there. Let’s just pause for a moment though……..
In 2015 I ran (4) half marathon’s. I went from contemplating weight loss surgery to not having it done, to running those half marathons. Now I am not fast so let’s not talk about times. So you see, the natural progression in my mind was to do a full marathon. Everyone has said if you are going to do one NYC or Philly are the two to look at. With that said I put my name in for the lottery. And I then promptly forgot that I had done it. You see after having twins (9+ years ago) my brain is often mush.
Thankfully a mom in one of my running groups (we will call her M) posted something the day or two before reminding everyone of the lottery. So on the morning of March 8th I went about my day like anyone else. Anyone else that is waiting to hear about the lottery. I trained with my trainer at the gym, got the girls ready for school, went to yoga etc. After yoga I decided to check my credit card statement. You see I had heard that that was the way you really found out. Well to my surprise I had a pending charge from NYRR. What ???!!!
Are you kidding me?????!!!!!!! I was just accepted into the NYC Marathon. This has to be a mistake there is no way that they chose me, there is no way that I will be running 26.2 miles in November. I immediately called my mom because who else do you call when you find out this kind of news (I guess my husband but he was the 2nd call). My mom was so excited for me. She actually walked to marathon’s when I was kid so it all just seemed full circle in our lives. The rest of the day was sort of a blur, I had clients to see that afternoon/evening and I went through moments of being excited to feeling like I was going to throw up. My husband is excited (at least I think he is, lol) and I am still scared.
So now the real journey begins. I want to be closer to my goal weight when I start training and I have to come up with a training plan. I have been doing my research and trying to see what is going to work best not just for me but for my family. You see I still have to get the kids to school every day and be there for my clients while trying to figure out how training to run 26.2 miles is going to work. I know I can figure it out but sometimes I get a little overwhelmed with the thought.
Oh and M did not get in the marathon this year 😦