So… you decided to visit my website… that means you’re probably: 1. a regular visitor who’s surprised to find out I’m writing in English or 2. a TCS NYC Marathon runner (who was ‘reading my back’ while overtaking) or 3. you are one of the million spectators who possibly saw me running through the streets of your amazing city (I’ve visited the big apple two years ago so I know it is!). To me you’re all very special: I want to thank you for taking the effort of visiting runhedwigrun.com: my blog about running the NYC Marathon / running a marathon for the first time.
Normally I write in Dutch which is my mother tongue. However: since I decided to put my name on my marathon shirt and display my website on it too, the least I can do is write an English blog so you guys do understand what my website is about.
For short this is my story: I am a 41 year old mom of two who -after ‘just running when I feel like it’- decided to run a marathon for once in my life. To be more specific: I used to really hate running, I couldn’t run one mile without non-stop complaining (don’t get me wrong: I liked sporting very much! Just not running). After our second child was born, I wanted to get active again. Because of all kind of reasons, running was the only real possibility to work out on a regular base. And believe it or not: I loved it! Not only because of the physical aspect but also because it gave me back my self-esteem. This mainly had to do with the fact that I used to be quite succesful ‘in business’ but we (my husband and I) decided I would stop working in my own company for a while in order to take care of our kids/family in general. This was really an issue to me: I had to get used to the new situation (some people started to look down on me which is not a good feeling at all). Because it turned out I was quite a good runner: my self-esteem came back! This was almost 3 years ago… Last year I ran my first Half Marathon and when I saw the ‘real’ marathon runners who had ‘hit the wall’ I started to get curious: why do they do this? I want to experience this too!
To me the TCS NYC Marathon is mother to all marathons so it had to be this one! Also I live in Amsterdam, The Netherlands (a.k.a. Holland)….: before New York got it’s current name it was called New Amsterdam which is pretty cool I think :-)! The last 4 months I trained to reach my dream in the country and city where dreams come true. It was an amazing journey which got goldplated when two times NYC Marathon winner German Silva from Mexico became my coach (how amazing!!!).
During this adventure I met some great, inspiring people. Some in real life, some ‘online’. Some I will meet for the first time in New York!
I am writing this while I’m still at home in The Netherlands not even knowing whether I will finish and what it will feel like… that’s kind of strange but it’s the only way to take care of thanking you. I hope you’ve enjoyed the marathon weekend; maybe you’ve been racing too, maybe you ran a PB. Maybe you were supporting someone you love or maybe you bighearted supported all runners. Maybe you got inspired to do the same one day. Or maybe you now know for sure you will NEVER do something like running 26.2 miles (I don’t blame you 😉 )
I hope to find some ‘likes’ or responses to this blog when coming home, just to know people know I do appreciate the effort. That would be really great! Lots of love, from Amsterdam to New York, Hedwig x!