The Brooklyn Half Marathon is just a few short days away and I’ve got a serious case of nerves and excitement. It’s funny, these races just never seem to get any easier. This will be my third half–my first was Staten Island back in September 2011 and my second was the NYC Half in March this year. What I love is that feeling I get around mile 10 when I start to feel like giving up–I just want to break stride and start to walk for a bit–but I know that, just like any challenge I face in life, I have to go at it full-force and I refuse to break that stride no matter how much it hurts. And, boy, does it start to hurt!
There are so many beneficial aspects to running that go beyond physical. Running is good for the soul. It has been my therapy that gets me through a tough day and is a constant reminder that I can achieve anything that I set out to achieve if I just work hard enough. This time last year, I just finished up my first official 5K (that’s just over 3 miles) and in the same year, I was able to stretch to 13.1. Let me tell you, that isn’t easy and it requires a lot of discipline and hard work. That being said, I better head to sleep so I can get in an early 4 miler before work tomorrow!
Take a look at the course map on the NYRR site–this is going to be amazing. I can’t wait to cross the finish line at Coney Island and spend the rest of the day (which looks like it’s going to be a beautiful one!!!) riding all the rides at Luna Park.
May this post work as an inspiration to anyone who is trying to run down their own dream–you’ll find it on the other side of the finish line.