From beginner to running mentor /
Photo courtesy of J. Stepman
Every runner has a story. Sharing our personal triumphs, disappointments and tips teaches and inspires others in the running community. As part of an ongoing series, individual runners with motivating stories will be highlighted.
City: New York
Number of years running: 2
Average number of weekly runs: 3
Average weekly mileage: 20ish
What got you into running? Seeking sanity while going through a bad breakup.
First run: loved or hated it? Loved it because I didn't feel I had to make any effort -- I just ran.
Worst running moment: When I find myself thinking, "Why am I doing this?" and "When is it going to be over?"
Proudest running achievement: Running a nine-mile race in the freezing cold in December when my longest distance before then was five miles.
When you don't feel like running... : I tell myself that after my run I can reward myself with a big yummy brunch.
Current running goal: Complete the ING NYC Marathon. No time goal yet but preparing with The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Team in Training will help me cross the finish line.
Favorite local route: The resevoir in Central Park and along the Hudson River by Battery Park City.
Running mantra/word or chant that keeps you moving? Not really but I catch myself feeling proud of what I've accomplished and that pushes me to work even harder.