I’m a member of the New York Road Runners, a great running organization in NYC. While I’ve run many races before, including the 2009 ING New York City Marathon, I haven’t run one in over a year because of hip pain. I told myself that I would spend the year strength training and getting stronger.
I don’t run races competitively but races give me something to work towards and helps me focus. Knowing that I have a race to prepare for helps get my butt to the gym. And psychology, races trick my brain into thinking that I only have to do something for a short period of time (even though I know otherwise). Lastly, races help me get outside to enjoy the beautiful scenery at the parks, get fresh air, and some Vitamin D from the sun! I also love the camaraderie in the running community. Let’s also not forget the free snacks, t-shirts, and other goodies you get for participating. What Lean Girl doesn’t love swag?
These are the races that I’ve signed up for in April. If you live in NYC, will you run with me? My friend Lisa and I are running some of the races together. If you don’t live in NYC, will you commit to running the same miles in your neighborhood that day? I will hold you accountable by checking in on your training and I hope you’ll do the same for me.
If you live in NYC and want to run with me and Lisa, please leave a comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let’s coordinate!