I Run Because I Can

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.

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Three weeks ago, I waited in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park with about 200 other runners to start our 20-mile training run into Manhattan, which, for me, was the longest of my preparations for the New York City Marathon. As I stood with the 10-minute pace group, listening to our final instructions, one of the volunteers said something that really struck a chord with me:

There are hundreds of reasons to stop during a marathon, but we all have one reason to keep going. Figure out what your reason is.

These words were exactly what I needed to hear, but, unfortunately, a specific reason didn’t come to mind. Although, I wasn’t worried because I knew it would eventually come to me, so I started my Garmin and off we went to tackle those 20 miles.

I ran with Theodora and Sue, and the three of us chatted non-stop for the entire 3.5-hour run. At one point, we discussed our outfits for marathon day. (Hey, it’s important!) Theodora said she bought a new Brooks shirt, and Sue said she planned to wear a pair of running shorts with lots of pockets to hold her GU and Chomps. I hadn’t yet nailed down my outfit for the marathon, so I just listened and thought about some potential options for myself. Eventually, our conversation switched to another topic, so I didn’t think about my race day outfit again for the rest of our run.

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For not having the most ideal training for NYCM, the 20-miler with Theodora and Sue went surprisingly well for me. When the three of us reached the end of the run in Central Park, I felt tired, but I could have run another six miles, no problem. (Hopefully, I feel that same way on race day!) It was my first time wearing my new I <3 Sweat shirt, so I joked that it must have brought me good luck and maybe I should wear it for the marathon. As soon as I said those words, it occurred to me what my reason was to keep running on marathon day: because I can.

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Over the past several months, my body has gone through quite a lot: colitis, a hip injury, iron deficiency. Needless to say, it hasn’t been the easiest road to marathon day, but I’m ready for it. I’m also incredibly thankful to be able to even run it.

When my ability to run was taken away from me, it made me appreciate it so much more. Nowadays, I never take a run for granted. As cheesy as it may sound, at the start of every single run, I take a minute to thank God for my health. Because of these issues, running means something totally different to me now, so what better way to remind myself of my reason than to wear a shirt that supports the Chron’s and Colitis Foundation and my friend Ali, who helped me so much during one of the toughest times of my life. I still remember those first few runs after I started to feel better. Each step felt like a blessing, and I haven’t forgotten than feeling since.

On race day, when my legs are burning and I want to quit, I will remember my reason to keep going: I run because I can. Even if those last few miles of the marathon make me completely miserable, I am grateful for every single step.

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If you’re spectating NYMC tomorrow, I’ll be wearing a bright orange I <3 Sweat shirt, and I would love to hear any bit of encouragement you may offer.

Wish me luck!

P.S. If you want to track me during the marathon, here’s how to do it: http://www.ingnycmarathon.org/entrantinfo/Join_In.htm. My bib number is 48034.

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150 Comments

  1. You go girl!!!! Good luck, Tina. That is a real inspiring saying. I will be trying to track you with the website you posted. Enjoy the day. And you made me be aware of all the things I am thankful for!!!! 😊😊😊😊😊

  2. Great post! I also had an injury nearly 2 years ago that kept me from running my first 1/2 and kept me from running for more that 6 months. I started running again and I do not take it for granted. I started training again for a half marathon this summer and became pregnant. I kept running because I can run and running keeps me and the baby healthy. I can say I was nearly in tears as I finished my first 1/2 marathon 2 weeks ago at 18.5 weeks pregnant. I run because I can, because it makes me feel good, I am thankful I can run and have found something that I enjoy. Thank you for a great post!

  3. Good luc–you’re going to do great! I love your reason for running. I remember when you were first diagnosed and how hard it was for you to take that break from running when you were in pain. And now you’re about to run a marathon! You’re so strong!

  4. This post made me a little teary eyed! I remember the first time I tried to run and my body and mind not being able to do it. I quit after 10 seconds and told myself I couldn’t do it. Now I am training for my first half marathon and can’t wait until the day I train for a full one, and I feel really similarly. A few years ago I couldn’t run a few steps and now every week I discover things I never knew I could do. It is the most amazing feeling. I’m so glad you’re feeling better and that you CAN run this race. You’re gonna be amazing!!!

  5. This was so inspiring!!! I feel the same way and need to remind myself how lucky I am to be able to run this year! I was hit by a car and fractured my tailbone, also was iron deficient (because I later found out I have celiacs disease) had to go on a gluten free diet, and just came back to run my second half marathon!!!! Good luck in NYC!!!

  6. That is awesome Tina!! You’ve gone through so much and it looks like you’ve come out a stronger person because of it. You are going to rock that marathon!!!

    GOOD LUCK!!! 🙂

  7. What an awesome post, Tina! You’re so right – even at the worst moment when you think you can’t go any further, the thought that others may not have the ability to run at all, is something that can really push you through. Good luck tomorrow, you’ll rock it!

  8. The Sweat shirt has special powers! I’m so glad you felt confident during your 20-miler, and I so appreciate your support of CCFA and the cause. GOOD LUCK at the marathon tomorrow. I’ll be screaming loud on First Avenue and will keep my eyes peeled for an orange Sweat shirt barreling my way! Kick ass, Tina!

  9. Good luck Tina!! Your going to kick butt!
    p.s NOTHING feels better then being drenched in your own sweat from a bad-a$# run!!

  10. Good luck, Tina!!! I’m so excited for you and I’ll be thinking of you and a few others tomorrow as you run. Enjoy it every step of the way! Don’t forget to set your clock back for daylight savings time. I can’t wait to read your race report.

  11. Good luck tomorrow!!!! I say the same thing about running. Because I can. There are a lot of people out there who wish that they could. We are so fortunate to have the ability! I’ll be cheering you on from CA!

  12. Best of luck, Tina! I did my first 20-miler last weekend and my mantra was “Running is a privilege.” When I got tired or thought about cutting it short I remembered how lucky we are to even be able to attempt running that far. You are going to rock it tomorrow; I can’t wait to hear the recap!

  13. Fabulous post, Tina! I am not a runner, but my sister is. And I have watched, with great pride, her complete a sprint triathalon & a duathalon. I can’t wait to share this post with her. GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!!

  14. Good luck tomorrow Tina! After being injured a bunch in the last year, I feel the same way you do… I never take a run for granted anymore. I appreciate all my workouts so much more after not being able to workout for a long time. Have a blast tomorrow and kick some butt!

  15. Oodles for luck to all of your running #nycm ! Love the shirt and the reasons for, “because I can”. What a strong statement.

    I almost named my daughter Theodora. Tidbit: Albert Einstein’s daughter’s name is Theodora. *smart, eh?*

    That is awesome to push past the health issues you’ve had. And inspires me to stop whining about my knee pain – knowing it will get better and I can run again.

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