Hi, my name is Jim. I am 43 years old and I live in Queens, NY. I am currently training for the NYC Marathon on Nov. 3rd. It still feels strange to say that, as I have come a long way and never thought I would be able to run 5 miles let alone run the NYC Marathon!
I started running when I turned 40. I bought myself the new iPod Nano for my 40th Birthday gift and discovered it had a Nike+ App built in which I thought was pretty cool. I always wanted to be a ‘runner’ and this little Nike bonus gave me the motivation to start a new hobby. I would run a mile or two on my own and I enjoyed it, but just a couple of miles was a struggle, and I had to walk most of it. My first official race was a 5k in Washington Heights that I ran with some friends who were members of the New York Road Runners. I loved it and I was so proud of myself. I joined the NYRR right away and ran a couple more races that year. The next year, 2011 I completed my 9+1 to qualify for the NYC Marathon in 2012. The more races I ran the easier it became to run long distances. I went from barely able to run 2 miles, to completing 10k’s. I was struggling but proud of myself for being able to accomplish things that I always thought were unachievable for me. I also completed my 9+1 in 2012 to qualify for the NYC Marathon in 2013 but in 2012 my times seemed to have plateaued. It was getting harder to beat my previous races times and by the time the 2012 Marathon was cancelled I was a bit relieved. I was relieved as many other people were for obvious reasons, but also because I felt I wasn’t ready for 26.2 miles.
This year, I decided to really dedicate myself to training for the big race! I am so glad I reached out to Marc (thank you Patty!). Marc is great and developed a training plan that is both challenging and fun. I am working harder than I ever have and I know I would never have done this on my own. I am married with two kids, ages 11 and 13 so it is not easy. I have to do my early runs at 4:30am because of my schedule. I think that was the hardest adjustment but so far I am sticking to it and it’s going really well. I am very excited for this year and can’t wait for November 3rd!
I also run some duathlons when I can and I am running one on September 22nd. It’s a 2-mile run, 12 mile bike ride and another 2 mile run. It’s in Central Park and should be a lot of fun. I competed in this event twice before and came in 3rd place in my age group both times! This year I am shooting for 2nd.