If you recall last year I was chasing that little thing called the 9 plus 1. For those who don’t know what that is (even though I know you all do), it is a way to qualify for the New York City Marathon the following year. I am lucky enough to live close enough to NYC to have made this a viable way for me to get in. It is not “hard” to do, but it is a commitment of both time and effort. Thanks to my running friends, I was able to do it!
Now the thing with doing the 9 plus 1 is that even after you complete it, you still must register for the marathon or all that hard work is for naught. Registration for the 2016 opened today at 12:00. I believe that I completed my registration by 12:15. It’s a strange exciting feeling to know that I will be running the New York City Marathon this year.
It’s funny I never imagined that I would ever run a marathon. Then when I started to think about it and get caught up in the excitement of my fellow Mama runners, I thought well maybe I will one day run the NYCM and check marathon off my bucket list. Yet, now I’ve done 3 marathons to date and New York will be my 4th. That being said, I’m looking forward to being able to say that I’ve done New York. Come on it’s like the expression says, “If I can make it there, I can make it anywhere!”
I know that NY will be different than the others. I know NY will hold a special place in my heart as my love for running and some amazing friendships have been developed chasing the dream. The good thing about dreams though is that reality is always so much more than you imagined.
I am also so excited that I am now one step closer to NYCM as could be shown by how quickly I registered today.
I once thought that NY would be it for me. That I would hang up my running shoes next to my medal and put the crazy business of running behind me. Then I realized something….. There is no putting this behind me. There is no going back. I’m an addict. It apparently is now in the blood. I will continue to run. I will continue chase other dreams. Dreams that have not even been dreamed yet.
What do you dream of?