November 6th, 2016
I️ hope you don’t mind a little story because today is the one year anniversary of one of the two biggest accomplishments of my life. I️ completed the New York Marathon a year ago today!
I️ wore this sucker for all 26.2 miles. My mom took this pic in the hotel room before I left. When it was my heat’s turn to go to the starting line, they played WTNY over the loud speakers. I️ sobbed and screamed the words so loud I️ genuinely scared people around me.
This photo was taken the first time I️ saw my mom, at mile 7. I️ was still so happy and put together. I️ saw her again at mile 18.5 after watching several people drop out after the Queensboro bridge. I️ was sobbing, I️ tried to tell her I️ couldn’t finish. She kissed my head and said “shake it off - you’ve got this shit” (direct quote) and legit pushed me back onto the course.
Somehow I️ made it to Central Park and got my energy back. I️ flew through the last 3 miles and saw my mom again at the finish line - with my boyfriend, who I️ had no idea was there!
A photographer captured this moment as I️ crossed the finish. I️ was crying so hard - I️ couldn’t believe I️ had done this.
Do it for the bling, right? This medal is one of my most prized possessions.
2 weeks ago I️ had my tattoo artist replicate the 1989 handwriting for 26.2. Only .5% of the population has run a matrahon and I️ truly, truly could not have done it without you. Sorry this is so long, but I️ want you to know that you and your music motivated me over that finish line more than anything else. I’m running another marathon in January (ah) and rep has already been so helpful to my running playlist.
Love you so much @taylorswift . Thank you for helping me dream even the most impossible things, and then do them.