A bit late to the reflection game, but better late than never. As I look back at the past year I’m proud of my progress from K to C. From barely surviving the 4 miles #midnightrun to barely surviving the #statenislandhalf. Along the way I found my groove and how long it takes to get into my steady pace. I also learned the hard way what happens when you don’t train the right muscles properly (i.e. weak knees). Looking onward to 2019 I’m excited to run my first marathon in the fall. If you’re thinking about getting started with running, ...
🏃♂️9+1 complete!! Hey #tcsnycmarathon, I’ll see you in 2019. It was a hell of a season setting goals and fulfilling them. Learning from past races to figure out the ideal warm up routine and schedule for me. Shoutout to @instaphilled @chanstigator for the free physical therapy that helped my injuries heal faster and prescribing exercises to limit them. #cktmarathonjourney
Throwback to my very first half marathon. Those hills at the start of mile 8 was HELL. I remember my knees started to hurt like crazy, and I wanted to stop, but my eyes were on the finish line. I didn’t stop. I kept going. I finished. #cktmarathonjourney#irunthisbody
Running is always better with a group of people. Going into this race I knew I wasn’t gunning for a PR because of a recent foot injury, but I set a goal of running between a 8-8:30 min/mile pace which I accomplished. I have 2 more races and then I’m guaranteed entry to the 2019 NYC Marathon. #cktmarathonjourney#tcsnycmarathon
I still can’t believe I’ll be running my first half marathon tomorrow 😮 I’m excited yet nervous, but this is a good mix of feelings. My eyes are on the finish line and the shiny new paperweight that awaits me. #cktmarathonjourney#irunthisbody
It’s #medalmonday and I’m reminiscing about the Queens 10K. This was my first finisher medal and holding it in my hand ignited a passion to accumulate more with each time striving to be better than the last. With the Bronx 10 mile coming up I’m stoked to run that race with all I’ve got and get my hands on another nice piece of metal. #cktmarathonjourney
Words cannot fully express how proud I am of myself for making it to corral C. I started off in K more than 8 months ago and in my mind and heart I wanted to be in C and above. There is something about those corrals that screamed elite and they most definitely are a class of competitors. I wanted to prove to myself that I can do it and that drove me to train even when I didn’t want to after a long day at work. I may have made it to C, but this is only a cornerstone. ...
Running the inaugural Manhattan 7 Mile. I made the mistake of not pacing myself in the beginning and started to pay for it at mile 2 with severe stomach cramps. When that happens you gotta fight it and just run with it. The uphill battle around mile 3 was challenging and then there was a nice easy downhill section. Wasn’t too happy with my time, but key takeaway lessons were pace, pace, pace and pace, pace, pace. #cktmarathonjourney
Game face on. The 2018 Queens 10K was the first race where I got a taste of what it was like to receive a finisher medal. Now I have this thirst to exceed my own expectations and set even higher bars for myself. 2019 NYC Marathon, I’m running full speed right at you! #cktmarathonjourney