Friday, January 27, 2012

On the Road to the 2012 NYC Marathon

and in the end
on dreams we will depend
'cause that's what love is made of....
~van halen

there are a few things helping me get me to the finish line.  
i have the dream.  i have the team.  i have my awesome sneaks.  i have my nike + sportband.  and i have an amazing support system from extraordinary people who have shared nothing but inspiration.

my dream....on my wall of happy

my team:
check out my page!

love my brooks, my nike sensor, and my road id
The Marathon is not about the race, its about commitment... It's not about instant gratification, it's about endurance. It's not about the thrill, it's about passion. To run a marathon, you need to not only commit to the sport, you need to commit to yourself.

my pimped out nike +, thanks to artist extraordinaire nicole

more artistic inspiration on the other side

i tweeted nike the pic of the sportband....

@nikcoyle Love this! Such a great idea.

quote from runner's world this week...kismet...
"I don't remember when I've been this nervous before. But I also can't remember when I wanted something this much."
Kara Goucher on making the 2012 U.S. Olympic Marathon team

a little reminder on my desk
inspirational words.... from amazing people...

i could not be happier for you. you are an inspiration to many. you have been putting out some serious mileage lately.  good for you.  i will absolutely support you.  congratulations.  i wish you all good things as you train for this amazing race. what an accomplishment.
 ~krissy m.

i'm passing an envelope around at work with your story to collect money for you!!  the note on the envelope said we all know someone is fighting cancer or has battled cancer.  my cousin just had her first chemo last friday for breast cancer.  we will support this cause!
 ~jules r.
It's great to hear you are gonna run like a savage!
~erik l.

My heart was leaping for you when I got this message!  How exciting!!!  I know that you began running casually as a way to not implode (lol, me too!), but once you get running in your veins, it can lead to all sorts of adventures...  I'm so happy for you that the road is leading you here to the NYC Marathon!  I wish you happiness and success as you train and prepare ~ mind, body, and soul.  :)  
  Revel in the journey between now and the starting line!  On that day, other forces will take over and your legs will just keep moving.
Best of luck!!!  You don't need it, though ~ you have passion instead!!  :)
~debbie g.
@nikcoyle Channel those nerves into miles! You've got this.

one mile at a time.  i will cross that finish line.  
with my dream & a whole lotta pride.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

ride the blue pig

i have no desire to prove anything by dancing....
i just dance.
~fred astaire

we dance the dance, run the run, and sometimes ride the blue pig....lots of things going on around here lately. 
the household barbies are making the most of their long winter days...

and the wine's been flowing to keep the body warm...
 and some beer too...

on sunday i ran my first virtual half marathon through nike +.  it was arctic cold outside so my fellow runners advised me to run on the happy treadmill inside the warm gym.  they assured me that 13.1 miles is 13.1 miles whether it's run inside, outside, or upside down.

i finished, even though at mile 12 my red emergency-stop-the-wheel-right-NOW-cord got tangled in my energy gel (my fellow runners reminded me i must hydrate and refuel during the run unlike the first time i did 13 miles without water or fuel) and i inadvertently pulled the plug and almost tripped over myself.  
my finishing time improved from the other runs where i've gone 13.1 or more, with a time of 2:06:55. 
and the icing on the cake was that i reached 1,000 miles since i began using my nike+ sportband.  nike sent me a message... 
1,000 miles? Our hats off to you. Our shoes, too. Congratulations on this huge achievement.
and my lifelong friend, jen the runner, gave me a medal for finishing my half marathon...

because, "Everyone deserves a medal at the end of their race!"  thanks jen!!

some people loathe the month of january.... i don't.   
i think it gives us a chance to TRY to catch up to the speed of life.  build anew.  and maybe even do a little dance. 
just to dance.