My Journey to the New York City Marathon (VIDEO)

I'm prepping for the biggest race of my life, and I want you to join me.

September 5, 2014
Emily Abbate

I remember a time I couldn't even fathom running a full mile. Just the thought of moving at that quick pace for more than 30 seconds frightened me. I remember my first half-mile sprint, and collapsing afterward into the dewy grass below, winded. The first time I ran a mile in under 10 minutes, I definitely remember that. And that first mile I completed striding next to someone else. The moment the treadmill showed 3.0 miles on the dimly lit screen, it was 8 p.m. on a Tuesday night after a day at the beach with sunburns still stinging my cheeks. My first 5K. My first half-marathon: 2:43:33. My last half-marathon: 1:49:17.

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Running hasn't been something that I learned to do well overnight, but these days, it's my escape. My stress relief. My "me" time. After completing my first full marathon in October 2013, I couldn't have been more elated when offered the chance to run the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon on November 2, 2014.

My goal? To share my experience from first training run to crossing that finish line with you, our readers here at Fitbie. From proper nutrition and gear to training strategies and my personal emotions through the 12-week training plan -- my hope is to enable even the most beginner of beginner runners to make it a part of their life. Whether you're looking to run a 5K, 10K, half-marathon, or beyond -- follow along with my journey and check out the first installment of our marathon video series below. 

Trust me, it's going to be a fun ride. 

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