This isn't my first marathon. This isn't my 10th marathon, but this is the race that is most important to me. This is my Father's race. I'm celebrating his legacy with this one.
I was raised in the Bronx. I moved to go to College, but I still consider the Bronx my hometown. So, running through Bronxworks just makes sense.
Last year I completed 7 marathons. Miami, D.C., Delaware, Vermont, New Jersey, Philadelphia, and Chicago. I volunteered for the NYC marathon (mile 16) for the first time last year. I knew I would run it eventually, but I was so happy to be out there handing out cups of water, cheering on these warriors, and keeping an eye out for my friends. I didn't realize until 2 months later that 2017 would be MY YEAR!
My grandmother would have turned 100 this year, 11/4/2017, the day AFTER this year's marathon. We lost her in January. So, running NY isn't just a tribute to my father who ran it 29 years ago, but it's also a tribute to my wonderful Grandmother.
I've avoided this race because I know that it's going to be an emotional day for me. And, I never really picture myself running it without my father standing nearby. My father was a runner and we joked about me beating his best time, forcing him to come out of retirement to beat me. I've throughly enjoyed carrying on this legacy. I think of hi during each and every race. He was the first person I called after every marathon.
So, now it's time to face this "fear" that I have. I fear that I won't give it my all. I fear that I won't run my best time. I fear that I won't hit my goals. I have several months before I get to the starting line. I'm planning on leaving these fears at home.
-D from the Bronx.
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