it's all happening

In just FIVE short days, I will be a marathoner for the THIRD time.

I truly believe that this third time is going to be a charm.

Why do I think that?

I think I really really defined my “why” this time. We talk about knowing our “Why”s often and it is so important. It’s what keeps our passion. After finishing the Chicago Marathon 2017, I looked at my parents and said, “Please don’t let me do this ever again. I’m sticking to Netflix marathons. ” However, my dad being the motivation he is told me, “Enter the NYC Marathon lottery, if you get in, I will pay for it.” I for sure said to him, “There is NO way I am going to get in, but I’ll enter”. Then back in January I saw a large charge on my credit card from the New York Road Runners and realized, “Sh*t! I think I got in! I forgot I entered this!”.

For context, in 2017, 16% of entrants into the lottery were selected to run the race. People enter this lottery year after year trying to get in - I got lucky and was picked the first time I entered! I knew I had to do it. I am not the most religious, but I do believe there was a plan and a reason why I had to run this race. I took it upon myself to focus in on my, "Why”. I’ve done this twice already; what will make NYC so special and what do I need to accomplish? Well…it included a few things

  • NYC is the city I grew up in. NYC is where my mom and dad took me to see my first Broadway show at eight years old for my birthday, “The Sound of Music.” NYC is where my cousins lived and we used to have epic sleepovers, it’s where you can get the best slice of pizza at 2am on New Years Eve with some amazing friends, it’s where you can see true magic during the holidays, it was always the mysterious and exciting big city that was only a 30 minute train ride from my house - it’s a city that I’ve always considered to be my hometown city. To run NYC is going to be a dream.

  • This marathon is going to be especially special because it’s coming with an epic cheer squad. Not only is it the BIGGEST marathon in the World - being so close to NJ and having family and friends in NYC, my cheer squad is going to roll deep. My mom, my dad, my brother, some of my greatest friends (including Alison coming with me from Nashville!), my cousins, my aunt…they will all be there! Even better, the night before the marathon I get to sleep in my own bed! And my Zia is going to make me pasta #ItalianAF. The comforts of your own home make marathons so much better!

  • Once I realized I got in, I told myself that if I ever were to do a marathon again I would do it so right and try to PR. The worst part about marathons is how long they can take when you’re slow like me. This go around I worked on speed training and running a bit more. I am going into this marathon with over 100 more miles on my feet. I feel like #GFRgoesforaPR will be a reality!

So start spreading the news, I’m leaving Thursday, I’m going to be a part of it, New York, New York (city marathon)!

So thank you, thank you, thank you, THANK YOU to everyone who has supported me, loved on me, coached me (Megan!), and cheered for me. For everyone who was ever told they couldn’t do something, they weren’t strong enough, weren’t brave enough, weren’t fast enough, this race goes out to you. You can do anything you set your mind to. I promise!

This weekend is going to be huge and I can’t wait to report back on my tour on the “greatest city in the world!”