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It’s Happening {#ingnycm training}

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It’s happening

I’m a part of this

And this

(you can help my efforts in promoting healthy lives for youth here)

This isn’t really old news, in fact I made the decision the day of the marathon last year …and my friends have heard plenty about it since. But now training season is in full effect. Weeks are being counted and days are being counted down. It’s no longer a wide planning stage – it’s a happening stage.

I’m a part of a training season.

As I take steps further and further into the running community it’s easy for me want to try to fit right in. I know what Gu/Chomps/shot blocks are. I know what tempo runs and farleks and strides mean (sort of). I know about the power of protein & carbs, the importance of refueling and what glucosamine is. All stuff I paid no attention to or had never heard of two years ago (well except carbs & proteins).

That’s the thing – this is all new. There’s hype and excitement, especially as everyone has started training for the #ingnycm … as there should be!!

Everyone is sharing their goals, reflections, plans, schedules and lesson <– all things I learned from many in the blogsphere as they tackled it last year.

But let’s take a step back from all that for a minute.

I’m going to run a marathon! 26.2 miles.

Forget the Diabetes for a second. It’s easy.

Let’s see this from the perspective of a girl who spent more time on the bench then in games.

Who would hop off the surfboard when waves threatened a thrashing.

Or who got self-defeated at the lack of coordination during a pick up game of tennis.

That thought the only people running off the field were born for the track. { if I remember correctly, we had a good track team but they definitely didn’t get a wide range of love. While other sports cross pollinated during off-season, most track kids were running all year-long, further supporting my theory that track kids were the one that were made for running – lived it, breathed it, dreamed it}

That girl will be running a marathon in just over 4 months. Her first marathon. My first marathon.

Ok now let’s bring the Diabetes back into the concept.

I never thought I could not do something – it just was an understanding that it might come with a little more restriction/challenge/planning.

Last year I had been deep in my addiction of blog reading. It got me to become a morning runner, it got me to push my mileage, it got me to push me, while also discovering self-appreciation and strength – and the room to grow.

So when marathon training hit NYC last summer I was pushing myself in the heat, I was getting out there early, I was running on a Saturday morning. Hitting 6 miles, PDR-ing at 12 miles {of shuffle}, knocking out 3 miles like I was used to them. I caught the excitement of running. It wasn’t a new activity but it was new levels & boundaries. I followed along with the highs & lows. Observing & taking notes, inspired by people who were also exploring this crazy but welcoming world of fitness, health & running…many for the first time.

The 26.2 miles part? That was just something I was going to read recaps about. I began to get it, the idea seemed a little less crazy and a lot more fun but it didn’t seem a world I would ever fully enter.

But let’s be real, my control over my blood sugars is nowhere near the target. I think people think I have awesome “control” because I “handle it well”.  I’ve been trying all my life to get it at that target number. The do-gooder in me strives for it. My every movement is a reflection to this giant “goal” in which I continuously miss the mark. It’s part gamble, part calculation and part science experiment.

So throw in some serious running into the mix?? Yeah didn’t seem likely. One of those “if I get my blood sugars under control” moments.  (which is what I said about drinking … I’m 26) 

Oh but it is likely!  Because it’s happening. This year. November 4th to be exact.

And while I’ve given a lot of attention to the fact that I’m ready to take on the challenge of figuring this out with Diabetes – that is 100% do-able and I have no hesitation.

In a way the confidence and determination I have with the Diabetes can overshadow the fact that I’m still on the lower levels of  running – far from a racer … so  this is me acknowledging the complete crazy/exciting/awesome/big fact: I’m a newbie to this whole marathon training process and I have so much to learn!

Now that I’ve shouted it from the my blogging mountain top, get ready as I share all the first time experiences, learning tidbits and the good, bad & awesomeness of it all, sprinkled with some Diabetic perspective.

While I’ve been recording all my run recaps here, I have so much to expand upon & recap as I enter the 8th week of training with Team for Kids!!

Ahhh, whose excited??

One thought on “It’s Happening {#ingnycm training}

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