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New York City Marathon Sunday

Fit-Journey-Fred-LebowIt’s the first weekend of November and, of course, for New York City it is Marathon Weekend. Marathon Sunday has been my favorite day of the year in New York ever since I first experienced it. Back then I didn’t even run or know anyone who was running it, but the energy in the city on that day was incredible.

This is my first year missing Marathon Sunday. The reason I love the marathon (and running) so much is that it is the one sport where anyone can train and compete on the same field as professionals. I will never play in the Super Bowl or the World Series, however I can train and participate in the same exact race as some of my running idols. There is no other sport that is so welcoming to everyone at once. Want to be inspired? Watch a marathon. Runners of all shapes, sizes and abilities power through all 26.2 miles. And even though running is an individual sport, runners are some of the most encouraging people I know.

I ran my first half marathon in Brooklyn in 2010.  I was somewhere around mile 12, with a stitch in my side and running out of gas.  I was slowing down, until a fellow runner came to my side and said, “We finish, and we run!” He stuck with me for about a quarter of a mile and gave me the push I needed to finish strong (and 3 minutes under my goal time). That experience made me want to run again and beat my previous time. Now, after a few more half marathons under my belt, I can’t wait for the day I go to the starting line in Staten Island.Fit-Journey-Melissa

On Sunday, I have a few friends (Alysia, Adena, Lindsey) running NYC for the second, third, fourth, etc. times… and I wish them the best of luck. I will be rooting for them all day, but the person I am the most excited for is my friend Melissa.  Melissa and I both had to drop out of the marathon in 2011 due to injuries, and Melissa was signed up and ready to go last year when the marathon was cancelled due to Superstorm Sandy. So, Melissa – this year is YOUR year.  I want you to enjoy every single minute of it and I will be thinking of you all day!  I wish I could be there and you know I am cheering for you the entire time!  I’ll be tracking you and can’t wait to hear all about it!


And good luck to everyone running!






About Michelle Newman

Michelle Newman
Michelle was born and raised on Long Island, New York. After graduating from Binghamton University with a degree in Economics and Political Science, she moved to New York City and went to work on Wall Street. After four years at Goldman Sachs and eight years at Morgan Stanley, she took time off to travel before getting married and relocating to Phoenix, Arizona in February 2013 to live with her husband. Michelle’s love of fitness started when working long hours as a Wall Street Analyst. An early morning run was her favorite way to manage her stress and get some much needed alone time. Michelle has run various races including four half-marathons. She also has a love for spin, barre and pilates classes. Michelle is thrilled to be a part of the Fit Journey team, where she combines her business skills with her love of fitness. Michelle will be checking in on Julia’s blog from time to time to keep you updated on her fitness adventures in her new city!
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