28 Mar '12, 12am

"Without work or school, the training schedule gave me back a sense of purpose," @JenOrtizNYC writes.

By Jen Ortiz I’m “a runner.” A defining characteristic that usually sounds better than it feels. Especially when it feels like a sharp pain radiating from the balls of your feet, up your legs and through your lower back. So why not stop? Seems simple, yet highly unlikely. Like the Energizer Bunny, I started nearly three years ago, and have since kept going and going. There ain’t no stopping us now. At least that’s what I kept telling myself as I tried to ignore the pain that first hit around mile eleven in Brooklyn, the exhaustion that threatened as I dragged across the Queensboro Bridge, and the overwhelming worries of defeat that haunted me as I left the Bronx. By the time I reached Central Park, I could almost hear my feet whimpering. Eventually—about an hour after I expected—I crossed the blue and orange finish line, beneath the ING NEW YORK CITY MARATHON banner. Exhau...

Full article: http://othervoices.runnersworld.com/2012/03/an-unlikely-r...

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