"Happy Valley" got rocked by a sex scandal this weekend. A former Penn State assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky, was arrested and charged with 40 counts of assaulting eight young boys over a 15-year period.
All soon-to-be, first-time NYC Marathoners, like me, know that the training is complete (through heat, rain, an earthquake, and a hurricane), so now it's time to get ourselves excited for the race and as prepared as possible.
In the days leading up to the ING New York City Marathon on Sunday, countless runners will remember the woman who jumpstarted the women's running revolution three decades ago, and who supported and encouraged runners of all abilities until her death.
Would you take the risk of signing up for a marathon when you've never come close to running 26.2 miles before? Intimidating proposition for anyone, but imagine making this decision after losing much of your sight.
Before I decided to run the marathon earlier this year, I had no idea what tapering even meant in terms of running and how decreasing my training two weeks early was actually going to help me be as fit as possible for race day.
The AOL Marathon Team and other running enthusiasts got some major one-on-one time with the "Mayor of Running" when we hosted Bart Yasso at our office for a group run through the city and fundraising for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Last week, I learned there is no such thing as a vacation from training for the NYC Marathon. Even though I left NY for a week-long family trip down to Long Beach Island, NJ, the running sneakers came with me.
I've been thinking a lot about the "c-word" recently. The thing that took the life of a good family friend just last week. The disease that kills 1,500 Americans every day. And the reason I'm running the NYC Marathon this year.