About Me

Welcome to DErunnerNIAL!  My name is Angela and I’m a 30 year-old living in (and running around) NYC!

3rd nyc marathon

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.

5 Responses to About Me

  1. LOL, I love your first marathon story.

  2. Diana

    Love your website; find myself reading it daily!! Go girl!

  3. Kim

    Found your website looking for ITB surgery recovery experiences. I had surgery a week ago (in Belgium where I live) and your description of the week after surgery is spot on! Nice to hear you recovered well.
    Kinda got distracted by your other posts though. ? Great site!!

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