You ever have a moment where you realize that something you’ve only dreamed of is actually happening right before your eyes?
Yup, that’s how I’ve been feeling the last few weeks. Goals I’ve written down and placed on my vision board or things I’ve really only hoped for are actually starting to happen. One of them is the chance to run the Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco.
When I first heard of this marathon I was actually in the process of training for my first Disney Marathon through Team in Training. I was flipping through the brochure of my welcome packet and saw the list of races TNT also helps people to train and raise money for and I immediately became intrigued when I saw the Nike Women’s Marathon. I didn’t even know Nike had it’s own marathon, let alone for women only. Of course, I wanted to find out more. The more information I got, the more upset I got that I hadn’t picked this marathon to do TNT with instead of Disney. I mean, who doesn’t want a Tiffany and Co. finisher’s necklace for a medal? Not only that, but I’ve always adored Nike and it’s core belief that every body is an athlete. Its commitment to empowering women has been phenomenal.
But… the only way to get into this marathon is by a lottery system. Much like trying to get into the ING New York Marathon. It’s very tough to get into. I’ve been trying every year since 2009 to get in with no luck. Until… this glorious year of 2012. Nike Women contacted me and selected me to be an ambassador for this year’s race. Ecstatic isn’t even the word. Thrilled? YES! And when I found out I’d get to work with Nike Master Trainer Marie Purvis, I almost fainted. Marie Purvis is the brains behind the Nike+Training Club App (if you don’t have it, GET IT!) and is an amazing athlete and trainer. I am more than honored to be able to get a customized training plan from her and to seek her advice and guidance through this process. Because I’m running the Bank of America Chicago Marathon the week before, I opted to complete the half marathon for the NWM.
Nike Women sent me all kinds of gear and shoes, including the “Nike Free TR Twist” shoes that are amazing for all my cross training. I’ve posted a couple of pics of them on my Instagram account already!
Two Races Within One Week. Can I do it?
So, now the question is, do I have the strength of mind and body to be able to complete two long distance races within a week of each other? The Chicago Marathon is October 7th. NWM is October 14th. The Chicago Marathon is a flat and fast course. NWM begins flat and gets very hilly during the second half. Will I be able to recover enough after a full marathon in order to perform well for the half? I’m slightly worried and I MAY decide to scratch the Chicago Marathon this year in order to focus on being fully trained and prepared for the NWM. The training plan Marie Purvis put together for me does include my training for the full, but I’m still a little nervous.
What do you all think I should do? The NWM is an absolute dream come true for me and I’ve wanted an opportunity like this for YEARS. Should I give it my full attention and scratch the Chicago Marathon? Or tough it out and complete both? I’d love to hear your advice!