This shirt needs a makeover…

I didn’t post a winner on Friday because I wanted to give two updates: 1. who wins the Asics and 2. whether or not I was going to take on NYC. I’ve read (and reread and reread) all of your comments, and every time, I get a little teary. I felt very self-centered asking you guys to weigh in, but I was overwhelmed and humbled by the responses, even if there was a free pair of shoes attached.

“I think you should go for it but have fun with it and not shoot for a PR. You mentioned you’re craving some order and the satisfaction that comes from having a schedule and this would definitely do it.”–Ellen


I honestly didn’t know what to do. And now I do.

Much better…although I look like I’m trying to hitch to NYC, not run it.

Rereading the post, I realize that I underrepresented my injuries. Make no mistake: I’m still struggling–an understatement after spending way too much time in a car and on a plane, the two positions that aggravate my leg the most–and a 30-minute run is plenty for me these days.

My injuries are not a what-if. They’re a what-the-hell.

“I’m a longtime follower of your blog, and given that your propensity to have injuries (and trouble recovering from them) is like Sarah’s propensity to be competitive, I’d be a little hesitant if I were you. You might really set yourself back, which as you know can be very depressing.”–Lisa

But I also realize that this is the opportunity of a lifetime: not only to cover 26.2 in NYC, but, more importantly, to have you guys cheering me on. It sounds corny, but I know of no other way to say it: I feel amazingly blessed. I feel supported and understood and accepted and–yes–ready for the challenge.

“Yes. I think you should because I have yet to do one and think that SOMEONE should be running long distances even if it’s not me. I would love to follow your training for it. So, really, it’s not about you, it’s all about me!”--Amy

So I’m in. But I have caveats.

1. I am going to listen to my body. If a training session hurts too much, I’m done. If I wake up hobbled in pain, no workout except stretching and maybe light yoga.

2. My biggest concern when I run is going to be my form, not my time. My Garmin is staying in the random electronics basket, where I’m pretty sure my tape Walkman is fermenting, for at least a few months, if not through race day. (Stay tuned: Friday is my first form video–and vpod!)

“You’d better polish your little black running dress.”--Katie

3. Did I mention I was going to listen to my body? I really am. When I told SBS of my decision, with all the conditions, she said, “Can you put that in writing? Because I know you have the ability to just tough it out.” None of that. There will be no toughing it out, except maybe on race day.

4. I want to cross the finish line in NYC as a stronger, healthier, more efficient, smarter runner who’s got a rock-solid body to prove it. If I’ve done that, I don’t care what the clock reads.

“I will tell you to use the next six weeks wisely. I used the Jillian Michaels’ training program for the six weeks before I started official training. I gained a ton of total body strength, and I think it has helped a lot.”–Michelle

5. My training is going to be unconventional; I learned, through the Nike Marathon adventure that you can prepare numerous ways for a marathon (if your goals are broad, like mine.) So I’m planning on running trails for time, not miles, for most of my long runs; I’m going to swim and bike pretty heavily; I’m in for Pilates at least 2x a week; I’m going to strength train, as Michelle suggests, starting tomorrow.

6. I reserve the right to cut any workout short if need be so I can 1. stretch and 2. foam roll.

O.k., enough of this boring stuff. Let’s get this party started. Come July 1, I’ll post my workouts somewhere, tbd, in case you want to vicariously train. Again, thank you so much for your comments, thoughts, yays and nays. I’ll think of them often as I travel this journey.

Enough about me: the winner of the Asics is Chrissy, who writes:
“Yes! Yes! Go for it!! You will be my inspiration! No pressure! Ha! Ha! I just did a 10k in Annapolis, MD and am debating a 1/2 marathon in September. I have been weighing it all week! This is the 1st time in 39 yrs that I have ever been excited about anything related to exercise and competition. Go for it!”

 O.k., Chrissy. I’ve committed. Time to put your new Asics to good use: you’re in for 13.1, right?