Welcome to DErunnerNIAL! My name is Angela and I’m a 30 year-old living in (and running around) NYC!
My Running Story
I was never a runner. In fact, in January of 2009, I’d never run more than 1 mile at a time. I was always the first person to “sprain” an ankle when I had to run a mile in gym class.
What changed? After graduating from college in 2008, I got a job working in Manhattan while still living out on Long Island. As a personal trainer in college, I got used to spending a lot of time at the gym and getting in at least one workout a day. With my long commute, I found that I had no motivation to get to the gym after work.
I registered to run the 2009 LI Half-Marathon figuring that this would force me to come home from work and train. I couldn’t run more than a mile so training for a half-marathon would be a challenge.
I took my training seriously and completed my first half-marathon in 2:15. Still on my “runner’s high,” I began searching for another half-marathon. I found the NYC Half-Marathon on the NYRR website and while registration was no longer open, I could still sign up through a charity organization named Team for Kids.
I went through the entire registration process, typing in my name, information, credit card info, etc. And then it happened: a screen popped up congratulating me on my NYC MARATHON registration.
After the initial freaking out, a kind of calm came over me. I mean, running a marathon is kind of a bucket list item anyway. When family or friends would ask me what I was going to do, I simply answered “well, I’m going to run a marathon.”
I figured it was something I’d do once and that’d be it. I was probably across the finish line about 15 minutes when I started a sentence with “for next year’s marathon…”
Moral of the Story: anyone can run a marathon and double check what you’re signing up for before you type in your credit card number.