Running the New York City Marathon on Sunday

The New York City Marathon: A 26.2-Mile Fashion Show for the Runway This is a print-edition of this story. Want to read the full story? The full story is here. I’m running the New…

Running the New York City Marathon on Sunday

The New York City Marathon: A 26.2-Mile Fashion Show for the Runway

This is a print-edition of this story. Want to read the full story? The full story is here.

I’m running the New York City Marathon on Sunday. I’ve been training for many years, going to the gym regularly and eating well. I’ve been to the gym with my girlfriends regularly, too. I’ve been to yoga and pilates for years. But for me, it’s getting to this point that now feels almost surreal: I’ve run a marathoning marathon three times now, I trained for a full year and for months, I’ve had to deal with a horrible knee injury.

So in the grand scheme of things, I’m pretty thrilled to see me running the New York City Marathon on Sunday.

But I’ve really never felt so out of place as I do running this.

The course is 26.2 miles. That’s about an eight-mile run for the full marathon. I’m almost 4,000-feet high in the air and about to walk through New York City. I’ll be running side by side with every person who’s ever run that marathon before me—my first, second, third and, with a little luck, this one.

When I set my sights on running the New York City Marathon, I wanted to run it on my terms. I didn’t want to be caught up in the hype, and didn’t want to spend my whole training looking over my shoulder. I definitely didn’t want to sign up for a marathon that was more run than run, and I wanted to run a marathon that was different from any other marathon that I had run. I didn’t want to be judged by the race for the way I ran it.

The New York City Marathon is not run by the people who trained

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