“Meeemeee….you’ve become a maniac”, my friend Carol told me (in her sexy French accent) as she watched me train this summer. She’s right. I wouldn’t call it a mid-life crisis (still too young for that), but a serious case of FOMO, fear of missing out, has spurred a newfound zeal for endurance events. Maybe it finally dawned upon me that the young years are few and precious — whatever it is, I stopped taking for granted that my body would be strong and healthy forever…I had to work hard, train, and fight for it.
In April, I ran my first 5k — I remember being so nervous and scared at the starting line. I could count the # of people who finished behind me in that 800 person race — I was the proverbial 🐢. In the following months, I would run a race nearly every weekend. I did a bunch of 5Ks, then felt confident enough to run 10Ks…then I moved on to half marathons. Then I had the “bright” idea of adding swimming and biking to my training regimen so that I could (barely) complete a spirint triathlon — omg, I really thought I was going to die in the swim portion. I kept training – especially the open water swim – and recently completed 2 Olympic distance triathlons (and I placed 4th in the swim portion of the last one!!!) and have my eyes 👀 on the Ironman for next summer.
This Sunday, I will be running the NYC marathon. My time will be, at best, mediocre. There will be some walking after mile 16. I’m hoping to finish before it gets dark out. I knew this when I started training earlier this year, but I still wanted to do it. It’s only been a year of training, but it feels incredible to have come this far. And I couldn’t have done it without all the encouragement and support from friends and family.
I will be running with the Robin Hood Foundation – I have been a proud supporter of theirs for over a decade and am in constant awe of the positive impact that they make fighting poverty in NYC.
I would love for you to be part of my journey.
You can help me in the following ways:
1) Give me lots of encouragement on the course! I’m bib #49860 and you can track my progress by downloading the NYC Marathon App and entering this number.
2) Donate to Robin Hood on my fundraising page: https://www.crowdrise.com/mimichen1.
3) I would love recommendation for your favorite running song or audio book so I can download it onto my phone for the race.