Up until a month ago, my longest run had been somewhere around three miles. I ran for no reason but to exercise. I always had a point A and a point B that were close enough to just keep me in shape, but were never that much of a struggle.
Boston is the holy grail of marathon running in the U.S. and the world over. Before a little over a decade ago, the only way to officially enter the Boston Marathon was through running a qualifying time in another marathon.
The story of my niece, Sasha Rau, now 39 years old, running the 26.2 mile New York City Marathon in four hours, 25 minutes, and 58 seconds, two years after being diagnosed with breast cancer is such a triumph and inspirational story for all of us.
"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.