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Getting Back Into The Race


2011 NYC Half Marathon

A couple of years ago, I was running.  A lot.  I had done 4 half marathons in 2 years, several 10Ks, 4 milers and 5Ks.  I have a drawer full of race tee shirts and a small stack of medals, and while training for the New York City marathon in 2011 I sustained an injury that forced me to cut back significantly on my running.  A friend of mine took me to Flywheel (spinning is a fantastic low-impact exercise and a great cardio workout, especially if you need a break from running) so I was still working out, but I haven’t run or raced for a long time.

For a while, I didn’t really miss it.  But lately, I’m getting the running bug again.  I’ve gone for a couple of short runs, which have felt decent, but I’m starting to miss the structure of really training for something.  I used to make a spreadsheet of my training schedule, print it out, put it on the refrigerator, and check off my daily accomplishments.  There was a certain sense of satisfaction I’d get crossing off my workouts at 6am before going into work and knowing I had already completed something before the workday even began.  And once I’d cross the finish line, I’d already be choosing my next race in the back of my mind.

I’m in a new city, with a whole new race calendar with courses I’ve never run before.  I’m going to pick a race, set a new goal, and start training, especially now that the Arizona weather is taking a turn for the better – perfect running weather is right around the corner.  I will post training updates here, and hopefully a few good race stories.




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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