Remember when I did the Bob Potts Marathon in May? Remember I might have said that I won’t do another full marathon again or at least not for a long time?
I changed my mind! I’m training to do the New York Marathon on November 4th!.
Yes, I’m doing another 26.2 miles… only 163 days after the first one.
Why? Why did I change my mind? Why am I willing to take 50,000+ steps again?
I did Bob Potts on the 8th anniversary of the accident that changed my life. I did those 26.2 miles for me. To reclaim a day I disliked. To see what I could do. To do what I can.
I’m so glad I did it. And I know doing it would not have been possible without the priceless support and motivation I received from others, and now it’s my turn to give to others..
Doing what I can will now help others do what they can.
Because I’m doing the NYC Marathon for others.
One marathon for me, one marathon for others.
I’m doing NYC for IM ABLE, a great foundation whose mission is… “to remove obstacles that prevent people affected by disabilities from being physically active by providing grants, resources, fitness opportunities and motivation. They change attitudes about the potential of disabled individuals by exposing what is possible.”
When Chris Kaag, the founder of IM ABLE heard my story, he contacted me about doing NYC as a representative for IM ABLE. Another marathon will be hard, but if I can help even one person live better with whatever obstacles they have, doing 26.2 miles again will be worth it.
IM ABLE is sponsoring me, so I don’t have to raise funds, but I’m so impressed with what they do to help others that I want to. Read more about them and see my fundraising page here.
My friend Bev, who did Bob Potts with me is so amazing that she signed up to do NYC as a fundraiser for IM ABLE, so we are training together again. Yay!
Bev and I had to put together an unique training schedule since we’re doing the RW Half and the NYC full two weeks apart. Stay tuned to this blog and to BECAUSE I CAN to see how our training is going and to hear more about IM ABLE and the people they help.
Have you done the NYC marathon? If so, I’d love to hear about your experience.
MARATHON WEEKEND UPDATE: I didn’t do the NYC marathon because it was canceled due to Hurricane Sandy… here’s my thoughts about that: From the NYC Marathon to the D&L Heritage Marathon..