Over a decade ago I was inspired by a revered and popular public figure who ran their first marathon sometime after turning 40. I said, "I'd like to do that one day - run a marathon - sometime in my 40's". Fast forward to November 3rd, 2010, and within minutes of the clock striking midnight, I cried myself to sleep. I had turned 40. My tears were not due to the actual number, but over the fact that my life didn't look like what I thought it would at this age. I was childless despite every effort not to be, and behind closed doors I was hopeless and lifeless. I had many broken dreams and a broken spirit to match.

A month after turning 40 I remembered my words all those years ago and asked my health care practitioner whether I'd be physically able to run a marathon (especially being 20kg / 45 pounds overweight), and if so - how long would I need to prepare. He replied, "12 months". I asked, "Would 11 be okay?" He nodded. That night I registered for the New York City Marathon and the next morning, I started my training program (which was written for me by an expert in aerobic endurance training). To ensure nothing stopped me from realising my dream (like luck in the lottery selection process), I registered with a charity and have a guaranteed place. I now have 9 months to go before I head to New York and realise my dream - running the marathon, three days after my 41st birthday.

This is my journey...

Friday, 18 February 2011

Things are looking UPS!

I am so excited!

No sooner did I tell everybody that I know and love about my new blog, did I receive an influx of invitations to meet (as far and wide as Bali, Canada and Philadelphia). All of which are tempting... perhaps I ought to seek sponsorship from an airline?

Talking about sponsorship, I have been offered my very first (ever) blog sponsorship - already? Wow. I'll reveal more as the days unfold.

Then if that wasn't enough cherry popping, I received my first comment by my beautiful and amazing mum (thanks Mum, I love you). Mum has always followed me quietly in the wings, so it was just great to see her words of encouragement as the (wait for it) first ever comment on my first ever post on 9 Months To New York.

And if I thought things couldn't look any better, I was wrong. I received this notification (pictured above) in my inbox. There's a UPS parcel with my name on it en route from the New York Road Runners, USA to chez moi.

Can I get anymore excited? I think not.

Until tomorrow, when the waves are up - surf them!

Grace xx

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