Marathon 2025

A journey back to a 7.42 mile and completing my first marathon.

Dear Reader,

In 2020, I was on my way to reaching my goal of running a marathon. In May of 2021, I reached my personal best of running a 10k in under an hour, with my fastest mile being 7.42 minutes. 

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So, having reached this new personal best, I knew it was time to start thinking about running the New York Marathon, as it has always been on my bucket list. But then I received a job offer in July 2021, started my first contract aboard a ship in November 2021, and put my marathon goals on hold.

However, in the middle of last year, I made a significant decision. I chose to leave the ship and dedicate myself entirely to my writing career. Now that I am back on solid ground, I am eager to resume my marathon journey. Your support has been instrumental in this decision, and I am grateful for your continued encouragement.

As of right now, I am still determining where we will be in 2025. Our plans are up in the air, so I am keeping track of all the dates to pick the most convenient one to run. Initially, I wanted it to be New York, but I know it is popular, making it extremely difficult to get in. I must run nine other races that meet their qualifications and volunteer at one qualifying event. I must also be a member of NYRR. But being a full-time traveler makes that challenging. So, now my goal is to run the marathon, but I don’t know which city it will be in yet. 

These are my current options for 2025: New York: November 2025 Prague, May 4, 2025 Berlin, September 2025 Rome, March 16, 2025 Vienna, April 6, 2025

So far this year, I haven’t been as dedicated as I should be. I have only run 45.3 miles; in 2021, I did 263.3. At the beginning of the year, I struggled because I wasn’t in the most runner-friendly places while traveling through Central and South America. But now that I am in Europe for the next few months, I am in better areas to run.

It is also hard to get back into the habit because even though I love running, I also have to start from the beginning, meaning I am back to running 10-13 minute miles. Thankfully, I know I can get back to a seven-minute mile because I have done it before, so I am interested to see how long it will take. 

Thanks for reading!

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